9780226318073

Forests: The Shadow of Civilization

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226318073

  • ISBN10:

    0226318079

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1993-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

In this wide-ranging exploration of the role of forests in Western thought, Robert Pogue Harrison enriches our understanding not only of the forest's place in the cultural imagination of the West, but also of the ecological dilemmas that now confront us so urgently. Consistently insightful and beautifully written, this work is especially compelling at a time when the forest, as a source of wonder, respect, and meaning, disappears daily from the earth. "Forests is one of the most remarkable essays on the human place in nature I have ever read, and belongs on the small shelf that includes Raymond Williams' masterpiece, The Country and the City. Elegantly conceived, beautifully written, and powerfully argued, [Forests] is a model of scholarship at its passionate best. No one who cares about cultural history, about the human place in nature, or about the future of our earthly home, should miss it.--William Cronon, Yale Review "Forests is, among other things, a work of scholarship, and one of immense value . . . one that we have needed. It can be read and reread, added to and commented on for some time to come."--John Haines, The New York Times Book Review

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
First the Forests
1(60)
Vico's Giants
3(10)
The Demon of Gilgamesh
13(6)
The Virgin Goddess
19(11)
Dionysos
30(16)
The Sorrows of Rhea Silvia
46(6)
From Mythic Origins to Deforestation
52(9)
Shadows of Law
61(46)
The Knight's Adventure
65(4)
Forest Law
69(6)
Outlaws
75(6)
Dante's Line of Error
81(6)
Shadows of Love
87(4)
The Human Age
91(9)
Macbeth's Conclusion
100(7)
Enlightenment
107(48)
The Ways of Method
108(6)
What is Enlightenment? A Question for Foresters
114(11)
Rousseau
125(8)
Conrad's Brooding Gloom
133(11)
Roquentin's Nightmare
144(4)
Wastelands
148(7)
Forests of Nostalgia
155(42)
Forest and World in Wordsworth's Poem
156(8)
The Brothers Grimm
164(13)
Forests of Symbols
177(9)
Waiting for Dionysos
186(11)
Dwelling
197(48)
The Elm Tree
202(9)
London Versus Epping Forest
211(9)
The Woods of Walden
220(12)
Fallingwater
232(6)
Andrea Zanzotto
238(7)
Epilogue: The Ecology of Finitude 245(6)
Notes and Bibliography 251(16)
Works Cited 267(10)
Index 277(11)
Illustration Credits 288

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