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The Invention of the Countryside: Hunting, Walking, and Ecology in English Literature, 1671-1831

By: Donna Landry

306 pages, Col illus, bw illus


Hardback | Aug 2001 | #122617 | ISBN: 0333961544
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Approaches the topic of the countryside by tracing the historical development of modern ecology and conservation.

'[Landry] writes objectively yet with well-researched passion...Each chapter is well argued and within each chapter are many charming vignettes on attitudes...the delights it holds are well worth reading. It is strongly recommended.' - James Crowden, Western Morning News '...a superbly rich study...students of literature, landscape and cultural history at all levels... will wish to reread it again and again.' - Choice '...a scholarly thesis in its structure...the dazzlingly technical precision of her analysis...betrays the eye of a keen and experienced horsewoman.' - Timothy Mowl, Times Literary Supplement '[Landry's] insights give an illuminating background to familiar debates and concepts.' - Robbie Hudson, The Sunday Times ' important contribution to the study of literature and the engaging book.' - Deborah Kennedy, The Wordsworth Circle


Preface and Acknowledgements List of Plates List of Figures Inventing the Countryside: An Introduction PART I: FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRYSIDE The Greenness of Hunting Land, and Writing about Land Game and the Poacher The Sporting Life Origins of the Anti-Hunting Campaign PART II: HUNTING A COUNTRY Sportswomen Pleasures of the Chase circa 1735 to circa 1830 The Pleasures of Surtees PART III: WALKING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE The Pleasures of Perambulation 'This Lime-Tree Bower' as Walking Poem Dartmoor Visible Endnotes Index

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DONNA LANDRY is Professor of English at Wayne State University and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. Her publications include, as author, The Muses of Resistance: Labouring-Class Women's Poetry in Britain, 1739-1796 and, with Gerald MacLean, she is co-author of Materialist Feminisms.

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