The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America

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Oxford University Press, 1964 - Literary Criticism - 414 pages
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For over four decades, Leo Marx's work has focused on the relationship between technology and culture in 19th- and 20th-century America. His research helped to define--and continues to give depth to--the area of American studies concerned with the links between scientific and technological advances, and the way society and culture both determine these links. The Machine in the Garden fully examines the difference between the "pastoral" and "progressive" ideals which characterized early 19th-century American culture, and which ultimately evolved into the basis for much of the environmental and nuclear debates of contemporary society.

This new edition is appearing in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Marx's classic text. It features a new afterword by the author on the process of writing this pioneering book, a work that all but founded the discipline now called American Studies.
  

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Review: The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

While furiously critiqued as a potent example of the myth and symbol school, The Machine in the Garden posits that the pastoral ideal is unique to the American experience, tracing examples of it and ... Read full review

Review: The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America

User Review  - Fekete Macska - Goodreads

A thorough and captivating essay that will make you look at any American film differently. Although his study is more concerned with America's literary canons, the Technology/Nature dichotomy is so ... Read full review

Contents

Sleepy Hollow
3
Shakespeares American Fable
34
The Garden
73
The Machine
145
Two Kingdoms of Force
227
Epilogue The Garden of Ashes
354
AFTERWORD
367
NOTES
387
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
407
INDEX
409
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Leo Marx is Professor Emeritus of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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