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for each individual book, write up a prcis (2-3 pages max) as soon as you finish each reading: 1) formal citation, 2) what is the authors thesis (i eall! i entif!ing su"#ect specific thesis plus a "roa $ eep thesis) 3) what %in or t!pe(s) of &'()A'* e+i ence are in use ,) metho of e+i ence collection: how i the author$scholar i entif! an collect their e+i ence.) metho of anal!sis: how i the author$scholar sort through or otherwise etermine what the! thin% the meaning of their primar! e+i ence is/) argument structure: how oes the author organi0e their "oo% to ma%e their case1) one a itional page ()A2) of ran om 3uotes !ou li%e THEN: WRITE-UPS after !ou ha+e !our precis done for all books in a grouping, please pro uce TWO write- !" (rough raft$e+en s%etch writing o%) 3-. pages each: one #or Met$o%" !re! 4 one #or Hi"tori&'( !re!) re"!on%in* to t$e + e"tion" ,e(ow5ach writeup response must address the reading clump of books together (in comparison an $or in ialogue with one another) so that !ou respon to each set of 3uestions with an informal essa! that integrates the rea ings rather than answering them 6"oo% "! "oo%.7 An 8yes, you should include things youve likely already stated in your prcis. METHO.S WRITE-UP How $'/e n't r'( 'n% , i(t en/iron0ent" ,een "t %ie%1 Anal!0e the theoretical/ conceptual commitments as well as the evidentiary choices an the methodological choices that ha+e gui e scholarl! stu ies of natural an "uilt en+ironments in America. (n !our comparison, explicitly address the following for each scholar/each book: 9hat primar! e+i ence was a+aila"le an useful to each scholar for their research su"#ect$topic:ow i each scholar$author go a"out i entif!ing, collecting, an anal!0ing their primar! e+i ence;oes the scholar ac%nowle ge other a+aila"le primar! e+i ence that the! ga+e limite attention to or eci e not to stu !- <if !es to either$"oth, wh! not;oes the author ac%nowle ge an $or ma%e use of primar! e+i ence from other scholarship that the! are "uil ing upon or challenging9hat are the %e! assumptions, theories, an $or concepts gui ing each authors anal!ses$arguments=inall!, conclu e "! explaining for each book what !ou thin% is the most significant strength or advantage in stu !ing natural an "uilt en+ironments for as cultural artifacts>an , again for each book, what o !ou thin% is the most significant limitation or challenge in oing soHISTORICAL CHANGE2CONTINUIT3 WRITE-UP Co0!'re2&ontr'"t 4o r re'%in*") '%%re""in* e'&$ o# t$e #o((owin* ,ro'% + e"tion": :ow ha+e ifferent groups of Americans use natural an $or "uilt en+ironments as a means of asserting, altering, or resisting particular i entities- (ie: race, class, ethnicit!, gen er, region). :ow ha+e specific natural en+ironments or specific "uilt en+ironments "een effecti+e in representing or reinforcing un erstan ings of specific social-historical circumstances>an how ha+e the! "een shape "! or contri"ute to larger cultural "eliefs an +aluesminimum discussion: one instance for each book! :ow has broad historical change(s) in the larger cultural context ha+e impacte the health, sustaina"ilit!, an $or ecline of specific en+ironmentsminimum discussion: one instance of broad historical change " impact for each book! 5W$en %one #or e'&$ re'%in* &( 0!6e0'i( 0e 4o r %o& 0ent" & t$en we7(( 0eet2%i"& ""5


READINGS GROUP A #1 #2 Michael Lewis, ed. American Wilderness: A New History. New York: Oxford Univ Press, 2007. Frieda Knobloch. The Culture of Wilderness: Agriculture as Colonization in the American West. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

READINGS GROUP B #1 William Cronon. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. New York: Hill and Wang, 2003. Gabrielle Lanier. The Delaware Valley in the Early Republic: Architecture, Landscape, & Regional Identity Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005


READINGS GROUP C #1 Patricia Nelson Limerick. The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West. NewYork: W. W. Norton, 1987; new edition, 2006. Donald Worster. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s. NY: Oxford Univ Press, 1979. Kai Erikson. Everything in its Path: Destruction of Community in the Buffalo Creek Flood. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1976.

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READINGS GROUP D #1 #2 Jane Jacobs. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Random House, 1961 Thomas Sugrue. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

And You are welcome to read selectively from Foote Kenneth Footes Shadowed Ground and use/apply as you wish :) Kenneth E. Foote. Shadowed Ground: Americas Landscapes of Tragedy and Violence. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1997.