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dc.creatorHajdik, Anna Thompson
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-10T18:00:39Z
dc.date.available2011-06-10T18:00:39Z
dc.date.created2011-05
dc.date.issued2011-06-10
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/11633
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dc.description.abstractThis dissertation illuminates the links between agriculture, popular culture, social class, and agrarian nostalgia. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I draw from the fields of American Studies, American History, Agricultural History, Environmental Studies, popular culture, and cultural geography. Consisting of four diverse case studies, my project focuses on America's evolving relationship with its agrarian roots from the late eighteenth century to the present. Each case study pays close attention to the ways in which the forces of modern consumerism have shaped public understanding of agricultural issues. The dissertation pivots on two main arguments: 1) the modern realities of industrialized agriculture have sparked a desire for highly romanticized visions of farming, particularly tourism to rural places that promise temporary pastoral transcendence to consumers, and 2) as a result of the public demand for idyllic constructions of American rural life, agrarian nostalgia has frequently been deployed in the service of commerce. From the writings of Thomas Jefferson and Laura Ingalls Wilder, to Currier and Ives painting, Martha Stewart's media empire, and state fairs of the American Midwest, I analyze a variety of highly romanticized cultural forms that enrich our understanding of the nation's agrarian heritage. Yet, I also make important links between the past and present, and demonstrate how and why debates about such issues as farm policy and the politics of food once again stand at the forefront of popular consciousness in the twenty-first century.en_US
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.
dc.subjectRural lifeen_US
dc.subjectAgricultureen_US
dc.subjectAgrarian nostalgiaen_US
dc.subjectPopular cultureen_US
dc.subjectFarmingen_US
dc.subjectConsumerismen_US
dc.subjectPublic opinionen_US
dc.subjectThomas Jeffersonen_US
dc.subjectLaura Ingalls Wilderen_US
dc.subjectCurrier and Ivesen_US
dc.subjectMartha Stewarten_US
dc.subjectState fairsen_US
dc.subjectAmerican Midwesten_US
dc.subjectAmericaen_US
dc.subjectUnited Statesen_US
dc.subjectCase studiesen_US
dc.titleAgricultural romance : constructing and consuming rural life in modern Americaen_US
dc.description.departmentAmerican Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.departmentAmerican Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAmerican Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US


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