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- State University of New York Press
What do stories of nature tell us about the social or ethical purposes of solitude? And what do stories of solitude reveal of the "character" of nonhuman nature? Dramas of Solitude brings the insights of narrative theory to bear upon the genre of nature writing, to explore the social or ethical purposes of solitude in stories of retreat in nature.
Through discussions of texts by Henry D. Thoreau, John C. Van Dyke, Wendell Berry, and student writers, among others, this book complicates social views of literacy with depictions of a solitude held in dynamic relation to a not-only-human community. It will inform the efforts of literary critics and writing teachers alike who hope to reintegrate English studies upon ecological terms.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series, Literacy, Culture, and Learning: Theory and Practice Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
1 Genre and Narrative in Nature Writing
A House with Two Doors
Fixing the Genre
Solitude as Story
2 Going Out, Going In: Narrative Logic in Thoreau's "Ktaadn"
First There Was No StoryExemplar and Paradigm
What "Ktaadn" Is About
Three Ways of Reading
Self Writing and Self Written
Losing the Human
Before the Beginning
The Cutting-Room Floor
"Where Away Does the Summit Bear?"
3 The Subject of The Desert
Negotiating "The Approach"
Cactus as Cross
Versions of Van Dyke
A Story of Reading
4 Familiar Mysteries: The Exemplary Wendell Berry
Day One: Pace, Presence, and Melancholy
Day Two: Afoot in the Woods
A Language of Meaning and Value
Berry's Exemplary Character: Some Social Uses of Solitude
5 Sites and Senses of Writing in Nature
The Scene of the Solitary Writer
The Nature Writer's Estate: "Writing" and "Living"
Beyond Doors: Writing on Site
Transcription and Entrenchment
The Cabin as the Windowed Site of Writing
6 Writer or Rhapsode? Iconic Metaphors for Literate Identity
John Muir: Nature Writing's “Natural"
The Mission to Entice
The Bread Problem
The Instruments of Literacy and "Indigen Wisdom"
Nature Savant and Literate Indigen
7 Keeping It Simple: Reinvention and Recovery of Nature in General Education
Retreat Scenarios in Student Writing
Cyborgs and Solos