Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature

Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature

by Geoff Hamilton, Brian Jones
     
 

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This encyclopedia introduces readers to American poetry, fiction and nonfiction with a focus on the environment (broadly defined as humanity's natural surroundings), from the discovery of America through the present. The work includes biographical and literary entries on material from early explorers and colonists such as Columbus, Bartolome de Las Casas and Thomas

Overview

This encyclopedia introduces readers to American poetry, fiction and nonfiction with a focus on the environment (broadly defined as humanity's natural surroundings), from the discovery of America through the present. The work includes biographical and literary entries on material from early explorers and colonists such as Columbus, Bartolome de Las Casas and Thomas Harriot; Native American creation myths; canonical 18th- and 19th-century works of Jefferson, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Hawthorne, Twain, Dickinson and others; to more recent figures such as Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, Stanley Cavell, Rachel Carson, Jon Krakauer and Al Gore. It is meant to provide a synoptic appreciation of how the very concept of the environment has changed over the past five centuries, offering both a general introduction to the topic and a valuable resource for high school and university courses focused on environmental issues.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
engaging...an enjoyable and reliable resource
Choice
where this volume is unique is in its broad definition of literature, encompassing formats ranging form oral histories to government policies to the fine arts. Entries are substantial, running at least a full page, and they include bibliographies. Recommended
ARBA
well-written and well-researched essays

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786465415
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/27/2013
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Hamilton is an assistant professor of English literature at York University in Toronto, Canada. Brian Jones is an independent scholar in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

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