American Victorians and Virgin Nature

This text draws on cultural geography, museology, gender studies, and art history to explore nineteenth-century attitudes towards the American landscape in the broadest sense.

Subjects range from the Transcendentalism of Emerson and Thoreau, and Winslow Homer's illustrations of contemporary women, to dioramas of prehistoric life in the American Museum of Natural History. The "invention" of the Grand Canyon as a tourist destination and the films of John Ford are used to illustrate the Victorian era's obsessions with nature.

These six essays were originally presented at a symposium organized by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

Edited by T.J. Jackson Lears
118 pages
Published by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Distributed by Antique Collectors Club, 2002
7.5 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches