The Machine in the Garden; Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Leo Marx
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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does Marx define the term pastoral ideology, and how does he describe the terms' uses? What uses does the term have, if it can be used for everything from social activities to government policies to literary themes? Is pastoralism always the same phenomena, or is it different depending on its application?

Essay Topic 2

Read the dialogue between Tityrus and Meliboeus in Virgil's Eclogues, and describe what makes American pastoralism uniquely American. Is pastoralism really an eternal theme in civilized culture, or is there a uniquely American strain to it?

Essay Topic 3

Utopia means 'the good place' and 'no place'. How does this paradox relate to the pastoral ideal? Is pastoralism ultimately Utopian? What are the differences between Utopianism and pastoralism?

Essay Topic 4

Is the purpose of pastoral ideology really to return to society with the knowledge that living in civilization requires killing off and destroying...

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