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Describing Early America: Bartram, Jefferson, Crèvecoeur, and the Influence of Natural History

By: Pamela Regis

University of Pennsylvania Press

Paperback | Mar 1999 | #97233 | ISBN: 0812216865
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&i;`So much has been written about Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, William Bartram's Travels, and St. John de Crevecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer that one might suppose that nothing new could be said about them. Yet, drawing on modes of analysis supplied by writers as diverse as Edmund Burke, Arthur O. Lovejoy, Michel Foucault, and Clifford Geertz, Pamela Regis has constructed an interpretive context which views these well-known texts from a new perspective.'&o; Times Higher Education Supplement

Regis makes an important contribution to the understanding of eighteenth-century American ideas.-William & Mary Quarterly "Regis offers a valuable and challenging revision of contemporary understanding of her subjects' literary purposes and the place of these texts in American literary history."-American Literature "So much has been written about Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, William Bartram's Travels, and St. John de Crevecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer that one might suppose that nothing new could be said about them. Yet, drawing on modes of analysis supplied by writers as diverse as Edmund Burke, Arthur O. Lovejoy, Michel Foucault, and Clifford Geertz, Pamela Regis has constructed an interpretive context which views these well-known texts from a new perspective."-Times Higher Education Supplement


Contents

Prologue: Recovering a Lost Paradigm 1. Natural History in Context 2. Description and Narration in Bartram's Travels 3. Jefferson and the Department of Man 4. Crevecoeur's "Curious observations of the naturalist" 5. The Passing of Natural History and the Literature of Place

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Biography

Pamela Regis is Professor of English at McDaniel College and author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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