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The Resource Arcadian America : the death and life of an environmental tradition, Aaron Sachs

Arcadian America : the death and life of an environmental tradition, Aaron Sachs

Label
Arcadian America : the death and life of an environmental tradition
Title
Arcadian America
Title remainder
the death and life of an environmental tradition
Statement of responsibility
Aaron Sachs
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Perhaps America's best environmental idea was not the national park but the garden cemetery, a use of space that quickly gained popularity in the mid-nineteenth century. Such spaces of repose brought key elements of the countryside into rapidly expanding cities, making nature accessible to all and serving to remind visitors of the natural cycles of life. In this unique interdisciplinary blend of historical narrative, cultural criticism, and poignant memoir, Aaron Sachs argues that American cemeteries embody a forgotten landscape tradition that has much to teach us in our current moment of environmental crisis. Until the trauma of the Civil War, many Americans sought to shape society into what they thought of as an Arcadia--not an Eden where fruit simply fell off the tree, but a public garden that depended on an ethic of communal care, and whose sense of beauty and repose related directly to an acknowledgment of mortality and limitation. Sachs explores the notion of Arcadia in the works of nineteenth-century nature writers, novelists, painters, horticulturists, landscape architects, and city planners, and holds up for comparison the twenty-first century's--and his own--tendency toward denial of both death and environmental limits. His far-reaching insights suggest new possibilities for the environmental movement today and new ways of understanding American history."--Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
CDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sachs, Aaron
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
New directions in narrative history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cemeteries
  • Human ecology
  • American literature
  • Arcadia in literature
  • Arcadia in art
  • Environmentalism
  • Environmental responsibility
  • HISTORY
  • American literature
  • Arcadia in art
  • Arcadia in literature
  • Cemeteries
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Environmentalism
  • Human ecology
  • United States
Target audience
specialized
Label
Arcadian America : the death and life of an environmental tradition, Aaron Sachs
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : waterfalls and cemeteries -- Common shade : cultivating a place for death -- The middle landscapes of New England culture -- Sleepy Hollow : a young nation in repose -- Stumps -- Three men of the middle border (part one) : twilight -- Three men of the middle border (part two) : American homelessness -- Atlantis : Arcadia and Armageddon -- Epilogue : American Gothic; or death by landscape
Control code
ocn824655125
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 484 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300189056
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 422781
  • 22573/ctt2zx95v
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)824655125
Label
Arcadian America : the death and life of an environmental tradition, Aaron Sachs
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : waterfalls and cemeteries -- Common shade : cultivating a place for death -- The middle landscapes of New England culture -- Sleepy Hollow : a young nation in repose -- Stumps -- Three men of the middle border (part one) : twilight -- Three men of the middle border (part two) : American homelessness -- Atlantis : Arcadia and Armageddon -- Epilogue : American Gothic; or death by landscape
Control code
ocn824655125
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 484 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300189056
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 422781
  • 22573/ctt2zx95v
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)824655125

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