Beyond Nature Writing

Beyond Nature Writing

by Karla M. Armbruster
     
 

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

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.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813920146
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Series:
Under the Sign of Nature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

"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." -- SueEllen Campbell, Colorado State University

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.

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.

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