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Agrarian - georgic - pastoral - agri/cultural. A working group of the NYU English Department.

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Third Reading Group – December 10

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 1:00 PM

You can view details of both our upcoming meeting and our previous ones here.

Second Reading Group – November 19

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 6:30 PM

English Department, 244 Greene St., NY, NY

  • Marx, Leo. The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America. New York: Oxford UP, 1964. Print.
    • The link provided will take you to the first chapter of the book, which we’ll focus on as somewhat of a distillation of Marx’s argument (we hope).  However, we encourage you to read beyond that into the book — NYU students and faculty can access the full text through the NYU website here by clicking on the “NYU ebrary” link and downloading the required ebrary software.  The PDF will vanish in two weeks, which stinks, but that will at least get you to the meeting.
  • Optional: Cronon, William. “The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature.” Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature. Ed. William Cronon. New York: Norton, 1995. 69-90. Print.

You can view details of both our upcoming meeting and our first one, from October, here.

Notes from first reading group, 10-15-15

Thanks to our illustrious note-taker Chad Hegelmeyer for this record of our first gathering.

First Reading Group

(Download poster here)

The material conditions necessary for life include food. Humans have been growing theirs for over eleven millennia. Agriculture today accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other human activity, and it accounts for all of us. Culture today rests on cultivation, art included, few exceptions. How does our agricultural production affect our other cultural productions?

WHEN – Thursday, October 15, 6:00 PM
WHERE – English Department, 244 Greene St., 8th-Floor “Graduate Reading Room”
RSVP – Let us know you’re coming by emailing We’ll send some readings that you can do if you want. Expect food and drink.


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