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The machine and the garden

- Vivian Husher, This is Greendale

Summary Paper Two is due

To this point, we have examined the shifting state of the individual within various rhetorics of the ideal community. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it becomes clear that neither church nor state can construct a perfected social order. Perhaps, the job should be left to masters of commerce and captains of industry. The ideal public life becomes a product to be planned, packaged, and purchased - and placed within what Michel Foucault labels a heterotopia. However, as corporations and trusts gird the nation with railroads and sell their ideologies with worlds fairs and planned communities, some critics fear the corporate dynamo the "big generator" that grows within the American garden of Eden. Fearing that our communities have become too mechanized, too planned, they call for a romantic rhetoric of arcadia a mythical green space, a modern compromise with the forces of discipline. To examine these metaphors more closely, we discuss the works of Leo Marx, Robert Ivie, and Roger Aden.

Readings: Garreau, Christensen, and Howard

Notes: Joel Garreau's Machine and Garden

Notes: Carol Christensen's Levittown chapter

Notes: Ebenezer Howard's Garden Cities of To-Morrow

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