Dramas of Solitude: Narratives of Retreat in American Nature Writing

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What do stories of nature tell us about the social or ethical purposes of solitude? And what do stories of solitude reveal of the "character" of nonhuman nature? Dramas of Solitude brings the insights of narrative theory to bear upon the genre of nature writing, to explore the social or ethical purposes of solitude in stories of retreat in nature. Through discussions of texts by Henry D. Thoreau, John C. Van Dyke, Wendell Berry, and student writers, among other, this book complicates social views of literacy with depictions of a solitude held in dynamic relation to a not-only-human community. It will inform the efforts of literary critics and writing teachers alike who hope to reintegrate English studies upon ecological terms.
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This study dwells on the writer's migration from human society toward a state of solitude in nature, exploring what nature stories reveal about the social or ethical purpose of solitude, and about the character of nonhuman nature. Through discussions of texts by Henry D. Thoreau, John C. Van Dyke, Wendell Berry, student writers, and others, the author complicates social views of literacy with depictions of a solitude held in dynamic relation to a not-only-human community. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Genre and Narrative in Nature Writing 1
2 Going Out, Going In: Narrative Logic in Thoreau's "Ktaadn" 21
3 The Subject of The Desert 57
4 Familiar Mysteries: The Exemplary Wendell Berry 101
5 Sites and Senses of Writing in Nature 143
6 Writer or Rhapsode? Iconic Metaphors for Literate Identity 171
7 Keeping It Simple: Reinvention and Recovery of Nature in General Education 205
Notes 227
Works Cited 261
Index 273
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