Beyond Geography: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness

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Rutgers University Press, Jul 31, 1992 - History - 329 pages
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First published in 1980, Beyond Geography continues to influence and impress its readers. This new edition, prepared for the Columbus quincentennial, includes a new introduction by T. H. Watkins and a new preface by the author. As the public debates Columbus's legacy, it is important for us to learn of the spiritual background of European domination of the Americas, for the Europeans who conquered the Americas substituted history for myth as a way of understanding life.

 

 

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Contents

Estrangement
3
Bearings from the Ancient Near East
20
The People of the Book
31
A Crisis Cult
48
Hecatombs
72
Loomings
85
Mythic Zones
95
Delforation
118
Penetration
144
The Lost Colony
171
Things of Darkness
200
Possession
231
The Vanishing New World
255
A Dance of the Dispossessed
273
Notes on Sources
301
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Frederick Turner is the author of six books, including a biography of John Muir, a personal investigation of the roots of New Orleans jazz, and a study of the making of the American literary landscape. His essays have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, American Heritage, and the Nation.

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