Reinventing Eden The Fate of Nature in Western Culture

ISBN-10: 0415931657
ISBN-13: 9780415931656
Edition: 2004
Authors: Carolyn Merchant
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Description: Visionary quests to return to the Garden of Eden have shaped Western culture from Columbus' voyages to today's tropical island retreats. Few narratives are so powerful - and, as Carolyn Merchant shows, so misguided and destructive - as the dream of  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Visionary quests to return to the Garden of Eden have shaped Western culture from Columbus' voyages to today's tropical island retreats. Few narratives are so powerful - and, as Carolyn Merchant shows, so misguided and destructive - as the dream of recapturing a lost paradise. A sweeping account of these quixotic endeavors by one of America's leading environmentalists,Reinventing Edentraces the idea of rebuilding the primeval garden from its origins to its latest incarnations in shopping malls, theme parks and gated communities. With eloquence and insight, Merchant shows how the drive to conquer nature and to explore and settle the globe, springs from this utopian pastoral impulse throughout Western history. Time and again, human manipulation of the environment is our downfall: Eden is achieved by fencing off pristine beauty in national parks and wildlife preserves, while leaving the majority of the earth in ruins.

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Garden Planet
Genesis of the Recovery Narrative
The Fall from Eden
Recovering the Garden
From Wilderness to Civilization
New World Edens
Adam As Hero
Eve As Nature
Colonizing Eden
Eden Commodified
New Stories
Earth in Recovery
Order out of Chaos
Partnership
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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