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Picturesque Literature and the Transformation of the American Landscape, 1835-1874

John Evelev

Abstract

This book examines the central role that the picturesque, a popular mode of scenery appreciation that advocated for an improved and manipulated natural landscape, played in the social, spatial, and literary history of mid-nineteenth-century America. It argues that the picturesque was not simply a landscape aesthetic, but also a discipline of seeing and imaginatively shaping the natural world that was widely embraced by bourgeois Americans to transform the national landscape in their own image. Through the picturesque, midcentury bourgeois Americans remade rural spaces into tourist scenery, cel ... More

Keywords: picturesque, social history, spatial history, literary history, landscape, visual discipline, social reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192894557
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192894557.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Evelev, author
Associate Professor of English, University of Missouri, USA