The Geographic Revolution in Early America

Author: Martin Brückner
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 0807838977
Format: PDF
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The rapid rise in popularity of maps and geography handbooks in the eighteenth century ushered in a new geographic literacy among nonelite Americans. In a pathbreaking and richly illustrated examination of this transformation, Martin Bruckner argues that geographic literacy as it was played out in popular literary genres--written, for example, by William Byrd, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Royall Tyler, Charles Brockden Brown, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark--significantly influenced the formation of identity in America from the 1680s to the 1820s. Drawing on historical geography, cartography, literary history, and material culture, Bruckner recovers a vibrant culture of geography consisting of property plats and surveying manuals, decorative wall maps and school geographies, the nation's first atlases, and sentimental objects such as needlework samplers. By showing how this geographic revolution affected the production of literature, Bruckner demonstrates that the internalization of geography as a kind of language helped shape the literary construction of the modern American subject. Empirically rich and provocative in its readings, The Geographic Revolution in Early America proposes a new, geographical basis for Anglo-Americans' understanding of their character and its expression in pedagogical and literary terms.

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Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 311094149X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Die seit 1971 wieder erscheinende, interdisziplinäre, internationale Rezensionsbibliographie IBR ist eine einmalige Informationsquelle. Die Datenbank weist über 1,1 Millionen vornehmlich die Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften berücksichtigende Buchrezensionen in 6.000 vorwiegend europäischen wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften nach. 60.000 Eintragungen kommen jedes Jahr hinzu, bieten dem Benutzer Daten zum rezensierten Werk und zur Rezension.

The True Geography of Our Country

Author: Joel Kovarsky
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813935598
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A philosopher, architect, astronomer, and polymath, Thomas Jefferson lived at a time when geography was considered the "mother of all sciences." Although he published only a single printed map, Jefferson was also regarded as a geographer, owing to his interest in and use of geographic and cartographic materials during his many careers—attorney, farmer, sometime surveyor, and regional and national politician—and in his twilight years at Monticello. For roughly twenty-five years he was involved in almost all elements of the urban planning of Washington, D.C., and his surveying skills were reflected in his architectural drawings, including those of the iconic grounds of the University of Virginia. He understood maps not only as valuable for planning but as essential for future land claims and development, exploration and navigation, and continental commercial enterprise. In The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision, Joel Kovarsky charts the importance of geography and maps as foundational for Jefferson’s lifelong pursuits. Although the world had already seen the Age of Exploration and the great sea voyages of Captain James Cook, Jefferson lived in a time when geography was of primary importance, prefiguring the rapid specializations of the mid- to late-nineteenth-century world. In this illustrated exploration of Jefferson’s passion for geography—including his role in planning the route followed and regions explored by Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, as well as other expeditions into the vast expanse of the Louisiana Purchase—Kovarsky reveals how geographical knowledge was essential to the manifold interests of the Sage of Monticello.

Antipodean America

Author: Paul Giles
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199301565
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A sweeping study that spans two continents and over three hundred years of literary history, Antipodean America identifies the surprising affinites between Australian and American literature.


Author: Organization of American Historians. Meeting
Format: PDF
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Author: Herbert Kalthoff
ISBN: 9783770557042
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Materialität von Kultur und Gesellschaft – Eine interdisziplinäre Bestandsaufnahme.0Lange schenkten die Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften dem Materiellen kaum Beachtung. Sprache und Kultur, Gesellschaft und Sozialität galten als immaterielle Sphären des Geistigen. Das Materielle war allenfalls nachgeordneter Träger und Übermittler immateriellen Sinns. Diese strikte Trennung von materieller und immaterieller Welt wird zunehmend in Frage gestellt. Die Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften wenden sich vermehrt der materiellen Seite des Kulturellen zu und verstehen das Materielle als eng mit Gesellschaft und Kultur verwoben. Der Band versammelt Autor/innen, die an einer solchen Rehabilitierung des Materiellen arbeiten. Neben konzeptionellen Beiträgen finden sich Fallstudien zu kulturellen Artefakten, der Materialität der Zeichen und Texte sowie zur Stofflichkeit von Licht, Tönen und Klängen.