The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology / Edition 1

The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology / Edition 1

by Cheryll Glotfelty
     
 


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 naturalSee more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820317816
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
675,988
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.22(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Literary Studies in an Age of Environmental Crisis
The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis3
Nature and Silence15
From Transcendence to Obsolescence: A Route Map30
Cultivating the American Garden40
The Uses of Landscape: The Picturesque Aesthetic and the National Park System52
Some Principles of Ecocriticism69
Beyond Ecology: Self, Place, and the Pathetic Fallacy92
Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticism105
The Land and Language of Desire: Where Deep Ecology and Post-Structuralism Meet124
American Literary Environmentalism as Domestic Orientalism137
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction149
The Comic Mode155
Unearthing Herstory: An Introduction170
Speaking a Word for Nature182
The Postnatural Novel: Toxic Consciousness in Fiction of the 1980s196
Is Nature Necessary?204
Revaluing Nature: Toward an Ecological Criticism225
The Sacred Hoop: A Contemporary Perspective241
Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination264
A Taxonomy of Nature Writing276
Indexing American Possibilities: The Natural History Writing of Bartram, Wilson, and Audubon282
Desert Solitaire: Counter-Friction to the Machine in the Garden303
Heroines of Nature: Four Women Respond to the American Landscape323
Nature Writing and Environmental Psychology: The Interiority of Outdoor Experience351
The Bakhtinian Road to Ecological Insight371
Recommended Reading393
Periodicals and Professional Organizations401
Contributors403
Index409

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