The Machine in the Garden; Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America Fun Activities

Leo Marx
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'The Tempest' Today

How would you update Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' as a contemporary struggle over the environment and the simple way of life? How would The Tempest be different in light of industrial environmental degradation?

Pastoral visual art

Bring in examples of pastoral art from Europe and America. How was the landscape represented visually? How was the good life represented?

Revising 'The Machine in the Garden'

If you were an editor publishing 'The Machine in the Garden' now, what changes would you ask Marx to make? What problems would you ask him to fix?

Updating 'The Machine in the Garden'

Make a list of ways in which American culture has changed since 'The Machine in the Garden'. Has the pastoral ideal changed?

Describing nature

Write a description of your life and times as a pastoral paradise. Write another description that describes your life and times as an industrial...

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