The Newberry Seminar in Early American History and Culture
Co-Sponsored by the University of Chicago, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Northwestern University
Thursday, February 26, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
"Narratives and Nationalism: A Cultural and Architectural History of Thomas Jefferson's Garden Follies"
Kerry Dean Carso, College of St. Rose
This paper will place Thomas Jefferson's designs for architectural follies into the larger literary and cultural context of the eighteenth and nineteenth-centuries. Jefferson designed more than twenty garden structures for the Monticello landscape, only one of which he carried out. His unexecuted designs for observation towers on Montalto, a mountain overlooking Monticello, are instructive as early examples of folly design in America. This paper is part of a larger project on the cultural and architectural history of follies, ruins, and summerhouses in the United States, with an emphasis on themes of narrative and nationalism.
Scholl Center seminars present scholars' works-in-progress. All papers are pre-circulated. If you plan to attend, you may receive a paper by contacting Ginger Shulick at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 312.255.3524.
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The full schedule for this and other Scholl Center seminars is available online at www.newberry.org.
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