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Writing for an Endangered World offers a conception of the physical environment -- whether built or natural -- as simultaneously found and constructed, and treats imaginative representations of it as acts of both discovery and invention. A number of the chapters develop this idea through parallel studies of figures identified with either "natural" or urban settings: John Muir and Jane Addams; Aldo Leopold and William Faulkner; Robinson Jeffers and Theodore Dreiser; Wendell Berry and Gwendolyn Brooks, Focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers, but ranging freely across national borders, Buell reimagines city and country as a single complex landscape.
Author of the widely influential The Environmental Imagination, Buell is a major figure in contemporary ecocriticism. Here, in broadening the scope of his earlier book, Buell blurs the usual distinction between natural and built environments. Exploring how a variety of texts imagine urban, rural, ocean, and desert places, he convincingly argues that literary imagination is powerfully shaped by—and shapes—a single, complex environment that is both found and constructed...Buell's book is important: it points ecocriticism in profoundly new and welcome directions.
— W. Conlogue
|2||The Place of Place||55|
|3||Flaneur's Progress: Reinhabiting the City||84|
|4||Discourses of Determinism||129|
|5||Modernization and the Claims of the Natural World: Faulkner and Leopold||170|
|6||Global Commons as Resource and as Icon: Imagining Oceans and Whales||196|
|7||The Misery of Beasts and Humans: Nonanthropo-centric Ethics versus Environmental Justice||224|