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National Identity and the Smell of the Woods

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635740
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651658 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.003.0007
National Identity and the Smell of the Woods

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This chapter discusses the concept of incarnation in US discourse, which draws its persuasiveness from the rhetorical tension and interplay between two different geographical models of culture. Here, the discussion is divided into two main sections. The first examines spatial determinism, and the second studies the natural environment that is reproduced in the structure of cultural expression. The chapter also takes a look at symbolic geography, symptomatic spaces, spatial symbolism, poetic naturism, and symptomatic spatial poetics.

Keywords: incarnation; models of culture; spatial determinism; natural environment; cultural expression

Chapter.  13978 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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