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Apocalyptic Geographies: Religion, Media, and the American Landscape

Jerome Tharaud


In nineteenth-century America, “apocalypse” referred not to the end of the world but to sacred revelation, and “geography” meant both the physical landscape and its representation in printed maps, atlases, and pictures. This book explores how white Protestant evangelicals used print and visual media to present the antebellum landscape as a “sacred space” of spiritual pilgrimage, and how devotional literature influenced secular society in important and surprising ways. Reading across genres and media — including religious tracts and landscape paintings, domestic fiction and missionary memoirs, ... More

Keywords: Protestant evangelicals, American culture, apocalypse, Americans, American modernity, spiritual pilgrimage, sacred space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691200101
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691200101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerome Tharaud, author
Brandeis University