Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics

Title

Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics

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Description

We exist at a moment during which the entangled challenges facing the human and natural worlds confront us at every turn, whether at the most basic level of survival—health, sustenance, shelter—or in relation to our comfort-driven desires. As demand for resources both necessary and unnecessary increases, understanding how nature and culture are interconnected matters more than ever.

Bridging the fields of environmental history and American studies, Rendering Nature examines the surprising interconnections between nature and culture in distinct places, times, and contexts over the course of American history. Divided into four themes—animals, bodies, places, and politics—the essays span a diverse array of locations and periods: from antebellum slave society to atomic testing sites, from gorillas in Central Africa to river runners in the Grand Canyon, from white sun-tanning enthusiasts to Japanese American incarcerees, from taxidermists at the 1893 World's Fair to tents on Wall Street in 2011. Together they offer new perspectives and conceptual tools that can help us better understand the historical realities and current paradoxes of our environmental predicament. (Amazon.com)


ISBN

9780812247251

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Document Type

Book

Publisher

University of Pennsylvania Press

City

Philadelphia

Department

History

Keywords

Nature -- Effect of human beings on; United States -- Civilization; Nature and civilization; Human ecology -- United States -- History; Culture

Comments

Edited by Marguerite S. Shaffer and Phoebe S.K. Young.

Contributors: Thomas G. Andrews, Connie Y. Chiang, Catherine Cocks, Annie Gilbert Coleman, Finis Dunaway, John Herron, Andrew Kirk, Frieda Knobloch, Susan A. Miller, Brett Mizelle, Marguerite S. Shaffer, Phoebe S. K. Young.

Series: Nature and culture in America