Reinventing Eden The Fate of Nature in Western Culture
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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 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.
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publication date: 7/26/2004
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|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|
|Earth in Recovery|
|Order out of Chaos|