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p. vii, begin TOC <br><hr> <br><hr> Contents <BR><HR><BR> <TOC> Prologue 00 Introduction: Seasonal Cycles and Sequences 00 The Circle of the Seasons as a Persistent Trope 00 Continuity and Change in Seasonal Responses 00 Perceptions of the Seasons: Cultural Constructions of Nature? 00 Seasonal Processions as Measuring Rods for a Citified Society 00 Places with Significantly Variable Seasonal Cycles and Motifs 00 On Bringing the Motif to the New World, and Seasonal Anxieties 00 Chapter 1. From Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century in Europe 00 The Genesis of Seasonal Motifs in Antiquity 00 The Revival and Evolution of the Motif in Medieval Times 00 Seasonal Labors and Calendars: The Humanistic Motif in Renaissance Europe 00 The Seasonal Flourish in Renaissance Art and Beyond 00 James Thomson and His Poem's Impact at Home and Abroad 00 Chapter 2. The American Reception and Adaptation of the Four Seasons Motif 00 Adaptations and Modifications of the Motif in Early America 00 Seasonality and Slavery: African American Lives in Early America 00 Thomson's Influence and the Uses of Seasonality in the Young Republic 00 Natural Theodicies and the Compatibility of Divine Purpose with Science 00 Creative and Adaptive Responses by American Artists 00 Americanization of the Motif: Rejecting Thomson and European Vistas 00 Seasonal Art and Literature: Divergent Tensions 00 The Four Seasons in Native American Culture 00 Chapter 3. Nostalgia, Nationalism, and the American Seasons, 1854@-1914 00 Seasonal Responses to Urbanization and Social Change at Midcentury 00 Growing Affluence, Conditions of Life, and Seasonal Sensibilities 00 The Appeal of Sentimental Seasonality in the Wake of the Civil War 00 The Broad Appeal to All Taste Levels 00 American Seasonal Art in the Victorian Era 00 Complexities of Competition among the Seasonal Sages 00 At Century's End: Seasonal Cultivation, Wildness, and Persistent Nostalgia 00 Chapter 4. American Transitions: The Seasonal Sense of Place, Time, and Imagery 00 Seeing Seasonal Sentiment and Diversity in America 00 Modes of Metaphor in Writing about the Seasons 00 Artistic Modernism and the Seasonal Motif, 1912@-1961 00 Eugenics: Seasons of Birth and Human Fertility 00 Literary Modernism, Seasons of the Mind, and the Waning of Creativity 00 <"Demopiety"?: Dialogical Responses to Seasons in the City 00 Chapter 5. Nature Writers, Reader Response, and the Ambivalence of Urban America 00 A Collegial Cohort of Seasonal Writers, 1941@-1978 00 Seasonal Receptions: How the Reviewers Responded 00 Seasonal Receptions: How the Readers Responded 00 City Readers and Country Writers: Connecting the Distance 00 Changing Attitudes and Continuities: The Flux of Stable Cycles 00 Chapter 6. The Four Seasons and American Popular Culture: Calendars and Consumerism 00 Seasonal Cycles and Singular Lives in a Society Still Diverse 00 Norman Rockwell: Marking Seasonal Time with Youngsters and Codgers 00 Using the Seasons to Sell Things 00 Places to Go, Things to See, and Vicarious Seasonal Travel 00 Seasonal Films and Music 00 Seasonal Journalism and Cartoons 00 Chapter 7. The Four Seasons in Contemporary American Art and Poetry 00 Landscape Responses, ca. 1964@-1999 00 Life Cycle Responses, ca. 1977@-1996 00 Symbolic Serialism as a Structured Response to a Disorderly World 00 Urban Responses, ca. 1982@-2000 00 Versed in the Seasons: Confessional Moods and Contemporary Poetry 00 Conclusion: Science and the Seasons, Retrospection, and Reprise 00 Contemporary Science, Seasonality, and Human Cycles 00 Continuities and Change: The More Things Change . . . 00 Noticing the Nuances of Seasonal Variability 00 Seasonal Creativity and Spheres of Civil Life 00 Acknowledgments 00 Notes 00 Index 00
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: United States Civilization, Seasons Social aspects United States, United States Social life and customs, Popular culture United States, United States Intellectual life, Art, American History, American literature History and criticism, Seasons in art, Seasons in literature, Seasons Social aspects Europe History