The Lay of the Land (Paperback)
Metaphor as Experience and History in American Life and Letters
University of North Carolina Press, 9780807841181, 200pp.
Publication Date: August 27, 1984
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An original and highly unusual psycholinguistic study of American literature and culture from 1584 to 1860, this volume focuses on the metaphor of 'land-as-woman.' It is the first systematic documentation of the recurrent responses to the American continent as a feminine entity (as Mother, as Virgin, as Temptress, as the Ravished), and it is also the first systematic inquiry into the metaphor's implications for the current ecological crisis.