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Abstract

This research focuses on the ways in which European Romantic art, literature, and ideology profoundly impacted 19th-century American perceptions of the natural landscape. The transmission of Romantic ideologies altered American art forms, (particularly landscape painting), landscape design (as it pertains to the Rural Cemetery Movement), institutional reform (in terms of the sanitarium movement), and architecture (referencing specifically the work of Victorian Cottage Architect Andrew Jackson Downing). At the heart of the research is the question: just how did 19th-Century Americans come to hold the belief that the natural world could be a source of healing (both figuratively and literally), and how was this belief imposed upon the natural world through artistic media?

Here is a link to Paige's digitized project: http://paigedoerner.wordpress.com/romanticism-and-ruralism-2/

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