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Visions of the Land
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Visions of the Land explores how our environmental attitudes have influenced and been shaped by various scientific perspectives from the time of western expansion and geographic exploration in the mid-nineteenth century to the start of the contemporary environmental movement in the twentieth century. Bryson offers a literary-critical analysis of how writers of different backgrounds, scientific training, and geographic experiences represented nature through various kinds of natural science, from natural history to cartography to resource management to ecology and evolution, and in the process, explored the possibilities and limits of science itself.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xvii
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  1. ▪Part 1▪: Narratives of Exploration and the Scientist-Hero
  1. Chapter One: “I Saw Visions”: John Charles Frémont and the Explorer-Scientist as Nineteenth-Century Hero
  2. pp. 3-31
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  1. Chapter Two: “The Evidence of My Ruin”: Richard Byrd’s Antarctic Sojourn
  2. pp. 32-53
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  1. ▪Part 2▪: Imagined Communities and the Scientific Management of Nature
  1. Chapter Three: “A Strange and Terrible Woman Land”: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Scientific Utopia
  2. pp. 57-79
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  1. Chapter Four: “A Unit of Country Well Defined in Nature”: John Wesley Powell and the Scientific Management of the American West
  2. pp. 80-101
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  1. ▪Part 3▪: Nature’s Identity and the Critique of Science
  1. Chapter Five: “The Earth Is the Common Home of All”: Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Investigations of a Settled Landscape
  2. pp. 105-133
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  1. Chapter Six: “The Relentless Drive of Life”: Rachel Carson’s and Loren Eiseley’s Reformulation of Science and Nature
  2. pp. 134-173
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 175-180
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 181-200
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 201-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-228
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  1. Further Reading
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