Rereading the Machine in the Garden

Nature and Technology in American Culture

Edited by Eric C. Erbacher, Nicole Maruo-Schröder, and Florian Sedlmeier

Rereading the Machine in the Garden

Edited by Eric C. Erbacher, Nicole Maruo-Schröder, and Florian Sedlmeier

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246 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8 | © 2014
Paper $52.00 ISBN: 9783593501918 Published February 2015
This book reexamines the trope of the machine in the garden first laid out in one of the founding texts of American studies by Leo Marx fifty years ago. The contributors to this volume explore the lasting influence of this concept on American culture and the arts, rereading it as a dialectic wherein nature is as much technologized as technology is naturalized. Extending the relevance of Marx’s theory from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, they examine filmic and literary representations of industrial, bureaucratic, and digital gardens; explore its role in the aftermath of the Civil War and of rural electrification during the New Deal; its significance in landscape art as well as in ethnic literatures; and discuss the historical premises and continued impact of Leo Marx’s groundbreaking study.
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