Iowa: A Literary Landscape

The American Landscape and its Effects on Literature: 
A Bibliography
When reading literature set in a particular locale or with a sense of place, it is sometimes of interest to place the work(s) in a wider critical scheme to both understand and appreciate it. This bibliography is a sampling of traditional literary criticism and books that address the American landscape more broadly. All are catalogued in WorldCat and should be accessible to interested readers.

Literary Criticism

Comer, Krista. Landscapes of the New West: Gender and Geography in Contemporary Women's Writing. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Dixon, Melvin. Ride out the Wilderness: Geography and Identity in Afro-American Literature. Urbana, IL; University of Illinois Press, 1987.

Harrison, Elizabeth Jane. Female Pastoral: Women Writers Re-Visioning the American South. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 1991.

Kazin, Alfred. A Writer's America: Landscape in Literature. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1988.

Kocks, Dorothee E. Dream a Little: Land and Social Justice in Modern America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000.

Lawson-Peebles, Robert. Landscape and Written Expression in Revolutionary America: The World Turned Upside Down. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Liang, Iping Joy. The Lure of the Land: Ethnicity and Gender in Imagining America. Diss. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1995.

Ljungquist, Kent. The Grand and the Fair: Poe's Landscape Aesthetics and Pictorial Techniques. Potomac, MD: Scripta Humanistica, 1984.

Lueck, Beth Lynne. American Writers and the Picturesque Tour: The Search for National Identity, 1790-1860. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Machor, James L. Pastoral Cities: Urban Ideals and the Symbolic Landscape of America. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987.

Miller, David C. "Desert Places:" The Meaning of Swamp, Jungle, and Marsh Images in Nineteenth Century America. Providence, RI : [s.n.], 1982.

Nelson, Robert M. Place and Vision: The Function of Landscape in Native American Fiction. New York : P. Lang, 1993.

Nevius, Blake. Cooper's Landscapes: An Essay on the Picturesque Vision. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1976.

Ringe, Donald A. The Pictorial Mode; Space & Time in the Art of Bryant, Irving, and Cooper. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1971.

Scheese, Don. Nature Writing: The Pastoral Impulse in America. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996.

Turner, Frederick W. Spirit of Place: The Making of an American Literary Landscape. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1988.

Westling, Louise Hutchings. The Green Breast of the New World: Landscape, Gender, and American Fiction. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, c1996.

Winters, Laura. Willa Cather: Landscape and Exile. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 1993.

The Wider Landscape

Barnhill, David Landis. At Home on the Earth: Becoming Native to Our Place: A Multicultural Anthology. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1999.

Clarke, Graham. The American Landscape: Literary Sources and Documents. Mountfield, East Sussex, U.K.: Helm Information, 1993.

Cooper, James Fenimore, et al. A Landscape Book. New York: G.P. Putnam & Son, 1868.

Daynard, Jodi. The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by Twenty Contemporary Writers. New York: Norton, 1997.

Gidley, M., and Robert Lawson-Peebles. Views of American Landscapes. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Heart of a Nation: Writers and Photographers Inspired by the American Landscape. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2000.

Locker, Thomas. Home: A Journey Through America. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, 2000.

Nikola-Lisa, W. America: My Land, Your Land, Our Land. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1997.

Olwig, Kenneth. Landscape, Nature, and the Body Politic: From Britain's Renaissance to America's New World. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.

Roemer, Kenneth M. America as Utopia. New York: B. Franklin, 1981.

Schmitt, Peter J. Back to Nature: The Arcadian Myth in Urban America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990, 1969.

Short, John R. Imagined Country: Environment, Culture, and Society. London : Routledge, 1991.

Iowa Literary Landscape

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Appendix: Landscape Literature

Appendix: Poetry Sources

Appendix: Feature Films

Appendix: Electronic Works

Appendix: Audio Works

Appendix: Non-English Editions

Appendix: Iowa Folklore


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