The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology / Edition 1

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The Ecocriticism Reader is the first collection of its kind, an anthology of classic and cutting-edge writings in the rapidly emerging field of literary ecology. Exploring the relationship between literature and the physical environment, literary ecology is the study of the ways that writing both reflects and influences our interactions with the natural world.

An introduction to the field as well as a source book, The Ecocriticism Reader defines ecological literary discourse and sketches its development over the past quarter-century. The twenty-five selections in this volume, a mixture of reprinted and original essays, look backward to origins and forward to trends and provide generally appealing and lucidly written examples of the range of ecological approaches to literature. Lists of recommended readings, relevant periodicals, and professional organizations offer direction for further study.

The Ecocriticism Reader is an illuminating entree into a field of study fully engaged with our most pressing contemporary problem--the global environmental crisis.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A powerfully conceived, intelligently constructed collection of essays. I can imagine few critical anthologies that will have such a wide appeal. It comes at just the right moment and will find a substantial and appreciative audience."--John Elder

"If you are wondering what ecocriticism is, how it has evolved, why it is important to literary studies, or how to do it, you must read this book. . . . Whether you are a teacher, scholar, theorist, reader, explorer, or enthusiast of literature and nature, you will be stimulated and challenged by the journey these essays lead you on."--ISLE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820317816
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 945,772

Meet the Author

Cheryll Glotfelty, an associate professor of literature and the environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, is the editor of Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State. She is a founding officer of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. Harold Fromm, author of The Nature of Being Human: From Environmentalism to Concsiousness, lives in Tucson and is Visiting Scholar in English at the University of Arizona. His writings have appeared in a wide range of journals and he is a regular contributor to the Hudson Review.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Literary Studies in an Age of Environmental Crisis
The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis 3
Nature and Silence 15
From Transcendence to Obsolescence: A Route Map 30
Cultivating the American Garden 40
The Uses of Landscape: The Picturesque Aesthetic and the National Park System 52
Some Principles of Ecocriticism 69
Beyond Ecology: Self, Place, and the Pathetic Fallacy 92
Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticism 105
The Land and Language of Desire: Where Deep Ecology and Post-Structuralism Meet 124
American Literary Environmentalism as Domestic Orientalism 137
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction 149
The Comic Mode 155
Unearthing Herstory: An Introduction 170
Speaking a Word for Nature 182
The Postnatural Novel: Toxic Consciousness in Fiction of the 1980s 196
Is Nature Necessary? 204
Revaluing Nature: Toward an Ecological Criticism 225
The Sacred Hoop: A Contemporary Perspective 241
Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination 264
A Taxonomy of Nature Writing 276
Indexing American Possibilities: The Natural History Writing of Bartram, Wilson, and Audubon 282
Desert Solitaire: Counter-Friction to the Machine in the Garden 303
Heroines of Nature: Four Women Respond to the American Landscape 323
Nature Writing and Environmental Psychology: The Interiority of Outdoor Experience 351
The Bakhtinian Road to Ecological Insight 371
Recommended Reading 393
Periodicals and Professional Organizations 401
Contributors 403
Index 409
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