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Lay of the Land
Annette Kolodny
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'A Fascinating Freudian psychohistory of the 'pastoral impulse' in male American literature from the first documents of exploration to Faulkner and Bellow, and from the Virginia colonies to People's Park....An ambitious book with messages for ecologists and environmentalists as well as feminists.' - Elaine Showalter, Signs
Published (first published January 1st 1975)
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Becky Cantor
I certainly need to go back through this book slowly at some point. I really enjoyed Kolodny's ecofeminist approach to our relationship with America (as land and nature). As she says, “Colonization brought with it an inevitable paradox: the success of settlement depended on the ability to master the land, transforming the virgin territories into something else—a farm, a village, a road, a canal, a railway, a mine, a factory, a city, and finally, an urban nation.”
This was required reading for a graduate studies course. One of the few "assigned" readings that I found enjoyable. I still reference this book on occasion.
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