The American Wilderness & Thoreau
Nash: Chapters 4 & 5
Thoreau: Walden, Where I Lived & What I Lived For (1854) ( see file attached)
Landscape paintings of George Innes (1829-1894) (Links to an external site.)
George Inness (1825–1894) | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Inness distinguished himself from the Hudson River School in the profound degree to which philosophical and spiritual ideas inspired his work. Ultimately, he became the leading American artist-philosopher of his generation.” www.metmuseum.org
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Music: Charles Ives: Central Park after Dark (1906) (Links to an external site.)
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Write a paragraph in response to each of the following questions. Be sure to indicate the assignment number and your name at the top of your paper (or the TA will have trouble giving you credit).
Explain how wilderness in North America became a centerpiece for defining American national identity.
At his lecture at the Concord Lyceum, Henry David Thoreau summarized Transcendentalism by stating: “in Wilderness is the preservation of the World” (p. 84). Discuss Transcendentalism and its view of wilderness.
What do you observe about national identity and Transcendalism in the works of Innes and Ives?
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