This critical and cultural overview of American landscape and travel literature draws on sources from the 17th through 19th centuries, and includes diaries and journals, travelogues, guide-books, essays, lectures and poems. The material includes writings on the Puritan response, pre-colonial eighteenth century accounts, the immediate post-colonial period, expeditions, surveys, the picturesque and the sublime, wilderness literature, the West, the South, New England, Transcendentalism, California, the Hudson River School, Luminism, the Rocky Mountains and Plains. Also includes maps.
Table of Contents
VOLUME I, First Impressions, The Puritan Image, The Eighteenth Century: Travellers in America, The Poetic Response, The Landscape as Territory, Picturesque America, America and the Landscape Painter, A Southern Voice, The Novelist and the Landscape : Two Views, VOLUME III, The Expanding Continent: Landscape, Expeditions and Emigrants: A Chronological Review of the Nineteenth Century, The Twentieth Century: A Dissenting Voice
Graham Clarke is Reader in Literary and Image Studies in the English and American Studies Department at the University of Kent at Canterbury.