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Inventing Eden: Primitivism, Millennialism, and the Making of New England

Zachary McLeod Hutchins

Abstract

Inventing Eden builds on recent environmental criticism to chart the ways in which colonial New England writers replaced their initial topographical optimism with an interest in recovering the somatic, intellectual, spiritual, and social perfections that Adam and Eve enjoyed in the biblical Garden. As they appropriated and adapted Old World beliefs about the primitive Eden and a coming millennial paradise to their New World surroundings over the first two centuries of European colonization in New England, Puritans and Quakers disciplined their physical and figurative bodies in an effort to rec ... More

Keywords: colonial New England, Puritan, Quaker, Eden, Francis Bacon, Bible, Adam and Eve, transatlantic, Great Awakening, Declaration of Independence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199998142
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199998142.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zachary McLeod Hutchins, author
Colorado State University