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Spring 5-13-2014

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Environmental Humanities


Kathleen Shea


Historical and contemporary framings of the landscapes found in gardens, literature, and national parks reveal human relationships with nature that converge, despite the distinct differences between these landscapes. These spaces all become 'canvases' onto which artists and interpreters paint nature, human nature, and art. Eighteenth-century English landscape gardens, novels by Jane Austen and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and the American national parks provide an illuminating study of this human relationship with nature and art in the landscape.

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Jane Austen (1775-1871) -- Mansfield Park, Jane Austen (1775-1871) -- Northanger Abbey, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) -- Wahlverwandtschaften -- Elective Affinities, National parks and reserves -- United States -- Environmental conditions, Nature (Aesthetics) -- Pictorial works, English Gardens -- 18th century -- Influence, Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2014 -- Environmental Humanities

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