Lecture 23 - Lecture 23 The Trouble with Wilderness or Getting Back to the Wrong Nature The wilderness is the creation of very particular human

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Lecture 23- The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature The wilderness is the creation of very particular human cultures at very particular moments in human history Thoreau declared wilderness to be the preservation of the world in 1862 Sublime- older and more pervasive cultural construct, being one of the most important expressions of that broad transatlantic movement known as romanticism Frontier- more peculiarly American, though it too had its European antecedents and parallels The sublime and the frontier converged to remake wilderness in their own image, freighting it with moral values and cultural symbols As more tourists sought out the wilderness as a spectacle to be looked at and enjoyed for its great beauty, the sublime in effect became domesticated Sublime wilderness had ceased to be a place of satanic temptation and become instead a sacred temple Rousseau- the belief that the best antidote to the ills of an overly refined and civilized
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