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Agriculture in the United States has changed dramatically in the last two hundred years. Economic transformation marked by the expansion of the industrial economy and big business has contributed to an increase in industrial food production. Amid this change, policymakers and cultural critics have debated the best way to produce food and wealth for an expanding population with imperialistic tendencies. 

In a sweeping overview, Beyond the Fruited Plain traces the connections between nineteenth-century literature, agriculture, and U.S. territorial and economic expansion. Bringing together theories of globalization and ecocriticism, Kathryn Cornell Dolan offers new readings on the texts of such literary figures as Herman Melville, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and Harriet Beecher Stowe as they examine conflicts of food, labor, class, race, gender, and time—issues still influencing U.S. food politics today. Beyond the Fruited Plain shows how these authors use their literature to imagine agricultural alternatives to national practices and in so doing prefigure twenty-first-century concerns about globalization, resource depletion, food security, and the relation of industrial agriculture to pollution, disease, and climate change.

 

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. iv-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Fruits of Expansion
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 1. Expanding Agriculture
  2. pp. 27-66
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  1. 2. Local Beans, Apples, and Berries
  2. pp. 67-101
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  1. 3. Fruits of Regionalism
  2. pp. 102-138
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  1. 4. Sweet Empires of Labor
  2. pp. 139-175
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  1. 5. The Wheat Strikes Back
  2. pp. 176-210
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  1. Epilogue: Fruits of Globalization
  2. pp. 211-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-248
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 249-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-272
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803269439
Related ISBN
9780803249882
MARC Record
OCLC
892430327
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2014-12-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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