Where the Wild Books Are: A Field Guide to Ecofiction

Where the Wild Books Are: A Field Guide to Ecofiction

by Jim Dwyer

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As interest in environmental issues grows, many writers of fiction have embraced themes that explore the connections between humans and the natural world. Ecologically themed fiction ranges from profound philosophical meditations to action-packed entertainments. Where the Wild Books Are offers an overview of nearly 2,000 works of nature-oriented fiction. The author includes a discussion of the precursors and history of the genre, and of its expansion since the 1970s. He also considers its forms and themes, as well as the subgenres into which it has evolved, such as speculative fiction, ecodefense, animal stories, mysteries, ecofeminist novels, cautionary tales, and others. A brief summary and critical commentary of each title is included. Dwyer’s scope is broad and covers fiction by Native American writers as well as ecofiction from writers around the world. Far more than a mere listing of books, Where the Wild Books Are is a lively introduction to a vast universe of engaging, provocative writing. It can be used to develop book collections or curricula. It also serves as an introduction to one of the most fertile areas of contemporary fiction, presenting books that will offer enjoyable reading and new insights into the vexing environmental questions of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874178128
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 675 KB

About the Author

Jim Dwyer is bibliographic services librarian at California State University, Chico. He is also the author of Earth Works: Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction About Nature and the Environment for Adults and Young Adults.

Table of Contents

Cover Page Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Preface Acknowledgments 1. Ecocriticism and Ecofiction: Definitions and Analyses 2. Ecofiction's Roots and Historical Development 3. Contemporary Ecofiction 4. Native American and Canadian Ecofiction 5. Ecofiction from All Around the World 6. Ecoromance: Doin' the Wild Thing 7. The Real West 8. Green Speculative Fiction 9. Mysteries Appendix: 100 Best books Notes Bibliography Index

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