City Wilds: Essays and Stories about Urban Nature

City Wilds: Essays and Stories about Urban Nature

by Terrell F. Dixon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820323500

ISBN-13: 9780820323503

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

The assumptions we make about nature writing too often lead us to see it only as a literature about wilderness or rural areas. This anthology broadens our awareness of American nature writing by featuring the flora, fauna, geology, and climate that enrich and shape urban life. Set in neither pristine nor exotic environs, these stories and essays take us to rivers,

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The assumptions we make about nature writing too often lead us to see it only as a literature about wilderness or rural areas. This anthology broadens our awareness of American nature writing by featuring the flora, fauna, geology, and climate that enrich and shape urban life. Set in neither pristine nor exotic environs, these stories and essays take us to rivers, parks, vacant lots, lakes, gardens, and zoos as they convey nature's rich disregard of city limits signs.

With writings by women and men from cities in all regions of the country and from different ethnic traditions, the anthology reflects the geographic differences and multicultural makeup of our cities. Works by well-known and emerging contemporary writers are included as well as pieces from important twentieth-century urban nature writers.

Since more than 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas, we need to enlarge our environmental concerns to encompass urban nature. By focusing on urban nature writing, the selections in City Wilds can help develop a more inclusive environmental consciousness, one that includes both the nature we see on a day-to-day basis and how such nearby nature is viewed by writers from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820323503
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Reversing the Tides1
2The Moss Rose8
3Where Have All the Animals Gone? The Lamentable Extinction of Zoos13
4Touching the Earth28
5Big City Waters34
6Bottles of Beaujolais47
7New Moon over Roxbury: Reflections on Urban Life and the Land61
8Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah73
9The Silence80
10A Paradise of Frogs86
11The Girl Who Raised Pigeons89
12Disturbing the Universe109
13Florida114
14Paddling off the Edge of the Big Easy119
15Swamp Boy132
16Conquistador142
17The Soul of Treaty Oak154
18The Monkey Garden164
19Chicago Waters168
20Some Experiences with Insects174
21Thank God It Snowed182
22Minnehaha Creek186
23Feral Lasers195
24The Fabulous Sinkhole204
25The Snake225
26Willow Game237
27Claiming the Yard245
28From Pieces of Light250
29The Extinction of Experience257
30The Dark Constable268
31Nature Near278
32The Moths287
33Opossums and Thieving Pelicans293
34The Cleveland Wrecking Yard299
35Plantswomen305

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