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The Midwestern Pastoral: Place and Landscape in Literature of the American Heartland

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Winner of the Midwestern Studies Book Award, The Midwestern Pastoral: Place and Landscape in Literature of the American Heartland relates Midwestern pastoral writers to their local geographies and explains their approaches. William Barrillas treats five important Midwestern pastoralists---Willa Cather, Aldo Leopold, Theodore Roethke, James Wright, and Jim Harrison---in separate chapters. He also discusses Jane Smiley, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Thousand Acres, current U.S. Poet Laureate Ted ...
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Winner of the Midwestern Studies Book Award, The Midwestern Pastoral: Place and Landscape in Literature of the American Heartland relates Midwestern pastoral writers to their local geographies and explains their approaches. William Barrillas treats five important Midwestern pastoralists---Willa Cather, Aldo Leopold, Theodore Roethke, James Wright, and Jim Harrison---in separate chapters. He also discusses Jane Smiley, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Thousand Acres, current U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Paul Gruchow, author of Grass Roots, and others. The Midwestern pastoral is a literary tradition of place and rural experience that celebrates an attachment to land that is mystical as well as practical, based on historical and scientific knowledge as well as personal experience. It is exemplified in poetry, fiction, and essays that expresses an informed love of nature and regional landscapes of the Midwest.Drawing on recent studies in cultural geography, environmental history, and mythology, as well as literary criticism, this book will appeal to students and serious readers, as well as scholars in the growing field of literature and the environment. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: William Barillas is assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is the author of many essays on American literature and the editor of the forthcoming Interior Borderlands: Writings on Latino/a Literature of Chicago and the Midwest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821416600
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2006
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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William Barillas is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is the author of many essays on American literature and the editor of the forthcoming Interior Borderlands: Writings on Latino/a Literature of Chicago and the Midwest.

William Barillas is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is the author of many essays on American literature and the editor of the forthcoming Interior Borderlands: Writings on Latino/a Literature of Chicago and the Midwest.

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Table of Contents

1 Midwestern pastoralism 11
2 Willa Cather 55
3 Aldo Leopold 84
4 Theodore Roethke 105
5 James Wright 141
6 Jim Harrison 169
7 Further views 206
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    I love this book!

    I love this book. It gives the historical information necessary to trace the Pastoral genre, but does not go overboard on that, thankfully. It also breaks down what the Midwestern Pastoal is and the different authors that wrote in it, as well as, analyzing some of their major works. It was fantastic. When I ran across this book and had read just a snippet of it, I bought it. This book inspired me to do further research on the pastoral, so I could analyze Willa Cather's pastoral in relation to Wordsworth's and Vergil's. Amazingly enough, writing this paper was really fun, and it has also inspired me to write my own Midwestern Pastoral!

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