'This Is the American Earth': The Nineteenth-Century Literary Roots of Malthusian Environmentalism

Abby Goode

Plymouth State University

Abby Goode is Assistant Professor of English at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Currently, she is writing a book about the history of sustainability, agriculture, and population control in American literature. Most recently, her work has been supported by fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the First Book Institute at the Center for American Literary Studies at Penn State. Her research appears in venues such as Early American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, and American Studies in Scandinavia.


At first glance, U.S. overpopulation anxieties appear to be a primarily twentieth-century cultural phenomenon, spurred by public concern, particularly in the 1960s, about wilderness preservation and resource scarcity. But to... [ view full abstract ]


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P22 » Population in the Americas (15:45 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment A)

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