In classical terms the georgic celebrates the working landscape,
cultivated to become fruitful and prosperous, in contrast to the
idealized or fanciful landscapes of the pastoral. Arguing that
economic considerations must become central to any understanding of
the human community's engagement with the natural environment,
Timothy Sweet identifies a distinct literary mode he calls the
Offering a fresh approach to ecocritical and
environmentally-oriented literary studies, Sweet traces the history
of the American georgic from its origins in late sixteenth-century
English literature promoting the colonization of the Americas
through the mid-nineteenth century, ending with George Perkins
Marsh's Man and Nature (1864), the foundational text in
the conservationist movement.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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