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Tourism and Taxonomy: Marianne Moore and Natasha Trethewey in Jefferson’s Virginia

Professor of English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA
Humanities 2019, 8(4), 180; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8040180
Received: 4 September 2019 / Revised: 6 November 2019 / Accepted: 12 November 2019 / Published: 24 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modernist Women Poets: Generations, Geographies and Genders)
In the poetry of modernist Marianne Moore and contemporary American poet Natasha Trethewey, we find tours of historic places that are associated with the country’s founding history. How does the activity of the tour contemplate the ways in which historical knowledge takes shape and around what priorities and ideals? Exploring this question, these poems stage touristic encounters that serve not only to document the places visited but to question the frames by which a site is “seen” in relation to—often in support of—selected versions of American history. The impact of systems of classification and categorization that are common to the development of taxonomic thought, embraced by Thomas Jefferson and other early Americans, comes under inspection in these touristic poems. View Full-Text
Keywords: race; tourism; taxonomy; poetics; Marianne Moore; Natasha Trethewey; Thomas Jefferson race; tourism; taxonomy; poetics; Marianne Moore; Natasha Trethewey; Thomas Jefferson
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Kinnahan, L. Tourism and Taxonomy: Marianne Moore and Natasha Trethewey in Jefferson’s Virginia. Humanities 2019, 8, 180.

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