The Lay of the Land: Metaphor as Experience and History in American Life and Letters

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UNC Press Books, 1975 - History - 185 pages
An original and highly unusual psycholinguistic study of American literature and culture from 1584 to 1860, this volume focuses on the metaphor of 'land-as-woman.' It is the first systematic documentation of the recurrent responses to the American contine
 

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Contents

Unearthing Herstory An Introduction
3
Surveying the Virgin Land The Documents of Exploration and Colonization 15001740
10
Laying Waste Her Fields of Plenty The Eighteenth Century
26
The Poetry of Philip Freneau
29
Crevecoeurs Letters and Sketches
52
Transitions
67
Singing Her Past and Singing Her Praises The Nineteenth Century
71
John James Audubon
74
The Revolutionary War Romances of William Gilmore Simms
115
The Closed Frontier
132
Making It with Paradise The Twentieth Century
138
A Meditation on Metaphor
148
Notes
161
Bibliography
175
Index
181
Copyright

The Leatherstocking Novels of James Fenimore Cooper
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Annette Kolodny is former Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. She is the author of The Land Before Her: Fantasy and Experience of the American Frontiers, 1630-1860. She currently teaches courses on ecocriticism and the American frontiers at the University of Arizona.

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