From the Fallen Tree
Frontier Narratives, Environmental Politics, and the Roots of a National Pastoral, 1749-1826
By Thomas Hallock
312 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 24 illus., 1 map, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5491-4
Published: November 2003
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6165-3
Published: July 2004
Buy this Book
- Paperback $42.50
- E-Book $29.99
Hallock provides an alternative to the myth of a vacant wilderness found in later writings. Emphasizing shared cultures and conflict in the border regions, he reconstructs the milieu of Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, William Bartram, and James Fenimore Cooper, as well as lesser-known figures such as Lewis Evans, Jane Colden, Anne Grant, and Elias Boudinot. State papers, treaty documents, maps, and journals provide a rich backdrop against which Hallock reinterprets the origins of a pastoral tradition.
Combining the new western history, ecological criticism, and native American studies, Hallock uncovers the human stories embedded in descriptions of the land. His historicized readings offer an alternative to long-accepted myths about the vanishing backcountry, the march of civilization, and a pristine wilderness. The American pastoral, he argues, grew from the anxiety of independent citizens who became colonizers themselves.
About the Author
Thomas Hallock is assistant professor of English at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
For more information about Thomas Hallock, visit the Author Page.
"Remarkably engaging."--American Historical Review
"A fascinating look at early republican letters. . . . Provides a thorough 'greening' of a neglected field of early American print. . . . Well-written and deeply researched."--American Literature
"Innovative and challenging. . . . Future literary scholars and historians will benefit from its insights, as they inevitably return to its central questions."--William and Mary Quarterly
"Hallock charges ecocritics with the task of paying close attention to colonial settlement and frontier narratives and the unstable ideas of place they contain. Historically rich, theoretically sound, and politically significant, From the Fallen Trees begins this work in earnest."--Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature & Environment
"I have rarely encountered someone who so seamlessly combines cultural critique and literary readings. I expect that along with literary critics, historians and geographers who turn to this book will also gain insight into the period. From the Fallen Tree is an excellent book, rich but unassuming, inventive as well as disciplined."--Wayne Franklin, Northeastern University