296 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 58 illus., notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5672-7
Published: February 2006
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-3897-6
Published: December 2012
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Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
Awards & distinctions
2006 Louis Gottschalk Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Drawing on historical geography, cartography, literary history, and material culture, Brückner recovers a vibrant culture of geography consisting of property plats and surveying manuals, decorative wall maps and school geographies, the nation's first atlases, and sentimental objects such as needlework samplers. By showing how this geographic revolution affected the production of literature, Brückner demonstrates that the internalization of geography as a kind of language helped shape the literary construction of the modern American subject. Empirically rich and provocative in its readings, The Geographic Revolution in Early America proposes a new, geographical basis for Anglo-Americans' understanding of their character and its expression in pedagogical and literary terms.
About the Author
Martin Bruckner is associate professor of English at the University of Delaware.
For more information about Martin Brückner, visit the Author Page.
“A book that contributes very positively to moving the study of maps, mapping and geography beyond the simple antinomies inherent in the study of mapping as a form of oppression.”--American Historical Review
"Convinces the reader of the importance of geography in establishing the mindset that led to continental expansion. . . . Carries conviction."--Journal of Southern History
"A work of tremendous subtlety, combining a broad argument of the central role of geographic literacy in early America with a nuanced understanding. An exemplary piece of scholarship. . . . Theoretically informed as well as empirically grounded."-- Winterthur Portfolio
"Well produced. . . . A fine book that makes an important case for the role of geographic literacy in the creation of national identity."--Winterthur Portfolio
“A fascinating study of geographic knowledge and representation in early America.”--Journal of the Early Republic
"Engagingly written and well illustrated, and adds further insight to that range of work on the power of geography, in its various sites, practices, and languages, as a means to national identity. It deserves to be widely read."--Professional Geographer