9780226317908

Gardens

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226317908

  • ISBN10:

    0226317900

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/15/2009
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

Humans have long turned to gardens-both real and imaginary-for sanctuary from the frenzy and tumult that surrounds them. With Gardens, Robert Pogue Harrison graces readers with a thoughtful, wide-ranging examination of the many ways gardens evoke the human condition. Moving from the gardens of ancient philosophers to the gardens of homeless people in contemporary New York, he shows how, again and again, the garden has served as a check against the destruction and losses of history.

Author Biography

Robert Pogue Harrison is the Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of four books, including Forests: The Shadow of Civilization and The Dominion of the Dead, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Vocation of Carep. 1
Evep. 14
The Human Gardenerp. 25
Homeless Gardensp. 38
"Mon jardin moi"p. 50
Academosp. 59
The Garden School of Epicurusp. 71
Boccaccio's Garden Storiesp. 83
Monastic, Republican, and Princely Gardensp. 97
A Note on Versaillesp. 109
On the Lost Art of Seeingp. 114
Sympathetic Miraclesp. 125
The Paradise Divide: Islam and Christianityp. 135
Men Not Destroyersp. 149
The Paradox of the Agep. 163
Epiloguep. 173
From The Decameron, Giovanni Boccacciop. 177
From Mr. Palomar, Italo Calvinop. 188
"The Garden," Andrew Marvellp. 191
A Note on Islamic Carpet Gardensp. 194
Notesp. 199
Works Citedp. 221
Indexp. 239
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