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Apocalyptic Geographies

Religion, Media, and the American Landscape

Jerome Tharaud

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How nineteenth-century Protestant evangelicals used print and visual media to shape American culture

In nineteenth-century America, "apocalypse" referred not to the end of the world but to sacred revelation, and "geography" meant both the physical landscape and its representation in printed maps, atlases, and pictures. In Apocalyptic Geographies, Jerome Tharaud explores how white Protestant evangelicals used print and visual media to present the antebellum landscape as a “sacred space” of spiritual pilgrimage, and how devotional literature influenced secular society in important and surprising ways.

Reading across genres and media—including religious tracts and landscape paintings, domestic fiction and missionary memoirs, slave narratives and moving panoramas—Apocalyptic Geographies illuminates intersections of popular culture, the physical spaces of an expanding and urbanizing nation, and the spiritual narratives that ordinary Americans used to orient their lives. Placing works of literature and visual art—from Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden—into new contexts, Tharaud traces the rise of evangelical media, the controversy and backlash it engendered, and the role it played in shaping American modernity.

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God, Public sphere, Publishing, Premillennialism, Publication, Religion, American Tract Society, Wai Chee Dimock, Lecture, Divine presence, Uncle Tom, Congregational church, Jeremiad, American Antiquarian Society, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mansion, Phillis Wheatley, Landscape painting, Christian mission, Frederic Edwin Church, Spirituality, Illustration, Poetry, Print culture, American Anti-Slavery Society, Postmillennialism, Writing, S. (Dorst novel), Missionary (LDS Church), Seminar, Theodicy, Allusion, Mediascape, Newspaper, Heathenry (new religious movement), Presbyterianism, Millennialism, Sacred history, Lyman Beecher, Missionary, Methodism, William Apess, Pamphlet, Mr., Piety, Theology, Participant, Sermon, Abolitionism, Wood engraving, Christian revival, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rhetoric, Benedict Anderson, Princeton University Press, Christianity, World to come, Catskill Mountain House, Sentimental novel, Literature, Modernity, Slavery, Secularism, Engraving, The Heathen, Spiritual autobiography, Allegory, Romanticism, Tourism, Charles Grandison Finney, Moral Landscape, Mark Twain, Old Testament, Baptists, Transcendentalism, Conversion narrative, The Heart of the Andes, Americans, American studies, Secularization, Henry David Thoreau, The Pilgrim's Progress, Evangelicalism, Religious text, Protestantism, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Ideology, Novelist, Despotism, Theodore Dwight Weld, Calvinism, Susan Warner, Puritans, Visual culture, Bible, Apocalypticism, Narrative, Martha Nussbaum, Lydia Maria Child