"In All Its Original Wildness": The Quadruped Essays of John Bachman and John James Audubon

Date:  May 12, 2018  
Time:  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48915 (Jump to map)

grey fox looking skyward

Presented by authors Daniel Patterson and Eric Russell
May 12, 2018
10:30-11:30 AM, Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

Less well known and studied than the bold, hand-colored lithographic plates of Audubon's North American mammal images is the three-volume work of prose essays about the 150 species depicted in the plates. The essays comprise probably the most neglected important body of American nature writing from the nineteenth century.  They contain accounts of natural history discovery, travel anecdotes, and a panoramic view of the complex, conflicted relations between humans and wild mammals. 

Dr. Daniel Patterson is emeritus professor of English, Central Michigan University. He is author/editor of John James Audubon's Journal of 1826: The Voyage to the Birds of America (Nebraska 2011) and The Missouri River Journals of John James Audubon (Nebraska 2016). 

Dr. Eric Russell is lecturer in English at CMU. He is the author of "Nature, Materiality, and Human Agency in the Literature of the Great Lakes, 1790-1853." Patterson and Russell together are working on a book by the same title as this presentation that provides the first critical introduction to the Quadruped Essays together with an ample selection of the essays.