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Lay of the Land
'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
(first published January 1st 1975)
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May 27, 2009 Becky Cantor rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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.”