Beyond Nature Writing

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Ecocriticism, a field of study that has expanded dramatically over the past decade, has nevertheless remained—until recently—closely focused on critical analyses of nature writing and literature of wilderness. Karla Armbruster and Kathleen R. Wallace push well beyond that established framework with this groundbreaking collection of essays by respected ecocritics and scholars from the literary and environmental arenas. Together, their work signals a new direction in the field and offers refreshingly original ...

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Overview

Ecocriticism, a field of study that has expanded dramatically over the past decade, has nevertheless remained—until recently—closely focused on critical analyses of nature writing and literature of wilderness. Karla Armbruster and Kathleen R. Wallace push well beyond that established framework with this groundbreaking collection of essays by respected ecocritics and scholars from the literary and environmental arenas. Together, their work signals a new direction in the field and offers refreshingly original insights into a broad spectrum of texts.

University of Virginia Press

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Editorial Reviews

John Tallmadge
Beyond Nature Writing is a stimulating, challenging, lively, and informative book—an impressive gathering of essays that delineate the expanding boundaries of the emerging field of ecocriticism—that will be of great use to scholars and teachers with an interest in literature and environmental studies. The range and choice of subjects is both wise and illuminating, and the variety of style and approach is truly refreshing.
SueEllen Campbell
These essays illustrate the considerable range in both subject matter and critical tactics available to and through ecocriticism; they chart out a wide, varied, and inviting new territory for teaching and research.
Booknews
This collection of essays on ecocriticism can be used in classes in ecocriticism, introduction to graduate studies courses, and introduction to theory and criticism courses. Essays are organized in sections on reevaluating the roots of Western attitudes toward nature, ecocritical perspectives on 19th- and 20th-century authors, and expanding ecocriticism across genres and disciplines. According to the editors, essays have been selected "because of their appeal and accessibility to literary and cultural scholars who have an interest in ecocriticism but are looking for examples of how this approach might intersect with their primary fields of study." Material is also of interest to general readers. Armbruster teaches English at Webster University. Wallace is an independent scholar and writer currently working with the Ohio League of Conservation Voters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813920146
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Series: Under the Sign of Nature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 512,553
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Karla Armbruster is Assistant Professor of English at Webster University, St. Louis, and coauthor with Donald G. Kaufman of Finding Our Niche: The Human Role in Healing the Earth.

Kathleen R. Wallace is an independent scholar and writer currently working with the Ohio League of Conservation Voters and coeditor of Writing Lives: Exploring Literacy and Community.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why Go Beyond Nature Writing, and Where To? 1
Pt. I Reevaluating the Roots of Western Attitudes toward Nature
Beyond "Thou Shalt Not": An Ecocritic Reads Deuteronomy 29
Chaucer and the Politics of Nature 41
Milton's Environmental Epic: Creature Kinship and the Language of Paradise Lost 57
Samuel Johnson Discovers the Arctic: A Reading of a "Greenland Tale" as Arctic Literature 75
Before Nature Writing: Discourses of Colonial American Natural History 91
Pt. II Uncovering New Ecocritical Perspectives on Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Authors
Cultivating Desire, Tending Piety: Botanical Discourse in Harriet Beecher Stowe's The Minister's Wooing 111
Ecological Hardy 126
The Book "Laid Upon Landscape": Virginia Woolf and Nature 143
Nature, Gender, and Community: Mary Wilkins Freeman's Ecofication 162
The Great Rainbowed Swamp: History as Moral Ecology in the Poetry of Michael S. Harper 177
Anti-Pastoralism, Frederick Douglass, and the Nature of Slavery 195
The Novels of Toni Morrison: "Wild Wilderness Where There Was None" 211
Pt. III Expanding Ecocriticism across Genres and Disciplines
Literary Place Bashing, Test Site Nevada 233
Heading Off the Trail: Language, Literature, and Nature's Resistance to Narrative 248
The Non-Alibi of Alien Scapes: SF and Ecocriticism 263
Discomforting Creatures: Monstrous Natures in Recent Films 279
Robert Frost, the New England Environment, and the Discourse of Objects 297
The Poetry of Experience 312
Performing the Wild: Rethinking Wilderness and Theater Spaces 325
Beyond Nature/Writing Virtual Landscapes Online, in Print, and in "Real Life" 341
Notes on Contributors 357
Index 361
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