Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the U. S. and Beyond

Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the U. S. and Beyond

by Lawrence Buell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674004493

ISBN-13: 9780674004498

Pub. Date: 04/01/1901

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The environmental imagination does not stop short at the edge of the woods. Nor should our understanding of it, as Lawrence Buell makes powerfully clear in his new book, which aims to reshape the field of literature and environmental studies. Emphasizing the influence of the physical environment on individual and collective perception, his book thus provides the…  See more details below

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The environmental imagination does not stop short at the edge of the woods. Nor should our understanding of it, as Lawrence Buell makes powerfully clear in his new book, which aims to reshape the field of literature and environmental studies. Emphasizing the influence of the physical environment on individual and collective perception, his book thus provides the theoretical underpinnings for an ecocriticism now reaching full power, and does so in remarkably clear and concrete ways.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674004498
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1901
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Toxic Discourse30
2The Place of Place55
3Flaneur's Progress: Reinhabiting the City84
4Discourses of Determinism129
5Modernization and the Claims of the Natural World: Faulkner and Leopold170
6Global Commons as Resource and as Icon: Imagining Oceans and Whales196
7The Misery of Beasts and Humans: Nonanthropo-centric Ethics versus Environmental Justice224
8Watershed Aesthetics243
Notes267
Acknowledgments341
Index345

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