Xerophilia: Ecocritical Explorations in Southwestern Literature

Xerophilia: Ecocritical Explorations in Southwestern Literature

by Tom Lynch
     
 

ISBN-10: 089672638X

ISBN-13: 9780896726383

Pub. Date: 12/28/2008

Publisher: Texas Tech University Press

The arid American Southwest is host to numerous organisms described as desert-loving, or xerophilous. Extending this term to include the region’s writers and the works that mirror their love of desert places, Tom Lynch presents the first systematically ecocritical study of its multicultural literature. By revaluing nature and by shifting literary analysis

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The arid American Southwest is host to numerous organisms described as desert-loving, or xerophilous. Extending this term to include the region’s writers and the works that mirror their love of desert places, Tom Lynch presents the first systematically ecocritical study of its multicultural literature. By revaluing nature and by shifting literary analysis from an anthropocentric focus to an ecocentric one, Xerophilia demonstrates how a bioregional orientation opens new ways of thinking about the relationship between literature and place. Applying such diverse approaches as environmental justice theory, phenomenology, border studies, ethnography, entomology, conservation biology, environmental history, and ecoaesthetics, Lynch demonstrates how a rooted literature can be symbiotic with the world that enables and sustains it. Analyzing works in a variety of genres by writers such as Leslie Marmon Silko, Terry Tempest Williams, Edward Abbey, Ray Gonzales, Charles Bowden, Susan Tweit, Gary Paul Nabhan, Pat Mora, Ann Zwinger, and Janice Emily Bowers, this study reveals how southwestern writers, in their powerful role as community storytellers, contribute to a sustainable bioregional culture that persuades inhabitants to live imaginatively, intellectually, and morally in the arid bioregions of the American Southwest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896726383
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction The Southwest : from region to bioregions 3

Ch. 1 Acequia culture : watershed consciousness and environmental justice in literature of the Upper Rio Grande bioregion 41

Ch. 2 Border(home)lands : bioregional readings in border literature 91

Ch. 3 Dignifying the overlooked : invertebrates in Southwestern literature 140

Ch. 4 Re-sensing place : ecological aesthetics, embodied experience, and environmental literature 177

Conclusion Saving Tortugas Arroyo : are words enough? 227

Notes 233

Works cited 241

Index 253

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