By Kathryn Cornell Dolan
Agriculture within the usa has replaced dramatically within the final 200 years. financial transformation marked through the growth of the economic economic climate and large company has contributed to a rise in commercial meals creation. Amid this modification, policymakers and cultural critics have debated the right way to produce meals and wealth for an increasing inhabitants with imperialistic tendencies.
In a sweeping evaluation, Beyond the Fruited Plain strains the connections among nineteenth-century literature, agriculture, and U.S. territorial and monetary enlargement. Bringing jointly theories of globalization and ecocriticism, Kathryn Cornell Dolan bargains new readings at the texts of such literary figures as Herman Melville, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and Harriet Beecher Stowe as they learn conflicts of nutrition, exertions, category, race, gender, and time—issues nonetheless influencing U.S. foodstuff politics this present day. Beyond the Fruited Plain indicates how those authors use their literature to visualize agricultural choices to nationwide practices and in so doing prefigure twenty-first-century matters approximately globalization, source depletion, meals safety, and the relation of business agriculture to toxins, sickness, and weather switch.
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43 In Massachusetts Brook Farm and Fruitlands were two of the more well-known communities; Nathaniel Hawthorne and Margaret Fuller were notable supporters of Brook Farm, while the Alcott family—including the transcendentalist Bronson Alcott and his daughter, Louisa May—lived at Fruitlands. Emerson, moreover, was a close personal friend of members of both communities. 44 The severity of Fruitlands drove the families to near starvation before their mission’s ultimate failure. Meanwhile, the lack of experience on the part of the poet-farmers at Brook Farm resulted in a decided agricultural failure as well, and the reformers soon Introduction 17 abandoned their experiment after having accomplished little more than amusing their neighboring farmers.
Foods as a way to encourage domestic unification in general, publishing a series of sketches focusing on the “lighter fare” of domestic consumption in House and Home Papers (1865). Even in this lighter commentary, Stowe brings the issues of nation, expansion, retention, and economics into the domestic arena. Her Oldtown Folks (1869) includes a chapter on the celebration of the Thanksgiving Day feast that continues her food-related goals. S. S. market, as opposed to global imports. With the symbolic and physical production of oranges, united with her educational and religious mission in Florida, Stowe hoped to assist the emancipated South through agricultural regionalism.
32 The main character declines into tragedy throughout the novel in a way that focuses on his internalizations of guilt on various levels. At the same time, many of the historical and cultural issues present in other Melville works, like Moby-Dick, also appear in Pierre. In this case Melville engages with agricultural production and production in general during a time of national expansion. He plants agricultural themes throughout his novel, as in the case of Pierre’s family name, Glendinning, a name that represents the clash between rural and urban, agrarian and mechanized lives, as more glens ring with the din of industry.
Beyond the Fruited Plain: Food and Agriculture in U.S. Literature, 1850-1905 by Kathryn Cornell Dolan