Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and the Environment

Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and the Environment

by Michael P Branch
     
 

Ecocriticism is a scholarly approach to literature that is rapidly building momentum and legitimacy because of its usefulness as a means of inquiry into the relationship between human culture and the nonhuman world. This collection of original essays suggests ways in which creative, informed examination of the vital connections between literature and the physical… See more details below

Overview

Ecocriticism is a scholarly approach to literature that is rapidly building momentum and legitimacy because of its usefulness as a means of inquiry into the relationship between human culture and the nonhuman world. This collection of original essays suggests ways in which creative, informed examination of the vital connections between literature and the physical environment can enrich the value of contemporary literary studies both for academics and general readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780893012137
Publisher:
Caxton Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ego or Eco Criticism? Looking for Common Ground3
Toward an Ecology of Justice: Transformative Ecological Theory and Practice9
Talking about Trees in Stumptown: Pedagogical Problems in Teaching EcoComp19
Dropping the Subject: Reflections on the Motives for an Ecological Criticism29
Bodega Head: An Excursion in Nuclear Shamanism41
"Whole Shoals of Men": Representations of Women Anglers in Seventeenth-Century British Poetry55
Dorothy Wordsworth, Ecology, and the Picturesque67
Mary Austin's Nature: Refiguring Tradition through the Voices of Identity79
Misogyny in the American Eden: Abbey, Cather, and Maclean97
The Body as Bioregion107
The Ornithological Autobiography of John James Audubon119
"A beautiful and thrilling specimen": George Catlin, the Death of Wilderness, and the Birth of the National Subject129
Nathaniel Hawthorne Had a Farm: Artists, Laborers, and Landscapes in The Blithedale Romance145
Agrarian Environmental Models in Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Farming"155
Exploring the Linguistic Wilderness of The Maine Woods165
"I only seek to put you in rapport": Message and Method in Walt Whitman's Specimen Days179
Beyond the Excursion: Initiatory Themes in Annie Dillard and Terry Tempest Williams197
Aime Cesaire's A Tempest and Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books as Ecological Readings and Rewritings of Shakespeare's The Tempest209
Seeing, Believing, and Acting: Ethics and Self-Representation in Ecocriticism and Nature Writing225
Don DeLillo's Postmodern Pastoral235
"The world was the beginning of the world": Agency and Homology in A.R. Ammons's Garbage247
Notes on Editors and Contributors259
Index263

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