Art History Prof Barbara Burlison Mooney publishes book chapter, "‘Bearing to Your Senses Sweet Sounds and Odors’: Early Impressions of the Prairie Landscape"

Monday, March 20, 2017
Barbara Burlison Mooney
Barbara Burlison Mooney

University of Iowa Barbara Burlison Mooney has written a chapter in a newly published book, Sound and Scent in the Garden, edited by D. Fairchild Ruggles (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2017), 255-93.

Mooney’s chapter, “‘Bearing to Your Senses Sweet Sounds and Odors’: Early Impressions of the Prairie Landscape,” employs early 19th-century primary sources to explore how European visitors and settlers experienced the Midwestern tallgrass landscape through sound, scent, and vision. Mooney also discusses how these sensate impressions were and were not inflected by issues of class and gender.

Mooney is an associate professor in the School of Art & Art History, part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.


The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 67 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students study each year in the College’s 39 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.