The Ecocriticism Reader

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr

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The Ecocriticism Readeris the first collection of its kind, an anthology of classic and cutting-edge writings in the rapidly emerging field of literary ecology. Exploring the relationship between literature and the physical environment, literary ecology is the study of the ways that writing both reflects and influences our interactions with the natural world.An introduction to the field as well as a source book,The Ecocriticism Readerdefines ecological literary discourse and sketches its development over the past quarter-century. The twenty-five selections in this volume, a mixture of reprinted and original essays, look backward to origins and forward to trends and provide generally appealing and lucidly written examples of the range of ecological approaches to literature. Lists of recommended readings, relevant periodicals, and professional organizations offer direction for further study.The Ecocriticism Readeris an illuminating entree into a field of study fully engaged with our most pressing contemporary problem--the global environmental crisis.

Author Biography

Cheryll Glotfelty, an associate professor of literature and the environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, is the editor of Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State. She is a founding officer of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. Harold Fromm, author of The Nature of Being Human: From Environmentalism to Concsiousness, lives in Tucson and is Visiting Scholar in English at the University of Arizona. His writings have appeared in a wide range of journals and he is a regular contributor to the Hudson Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Literary Studies in an Age of Environmental Crisis
The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisisp. 3
Nature and Silencep. 15
From Transcendence to Obsolescence: A Route Mapp. 30
Cultivating the American Gardenp. 40
The Uses of Landscape: The Picturesque Aesthetic and the National Park Systemp. 52
Some Principles of Ecocriticismp. 69
Beyond Ecology: Self, Place, and the Pathetic Fallacyp. 92
Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticismp. 105
The Land and Language of Desire: Where Deep Ecology and Post-Structuralism Meetp. 124
American Literary Environmentalism as Domestic Orientalismp. 137
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fictionp. 149
The Comic Modep. 155
Unearthing Herstory: An Introductionp. 170
Speaking a Word for Naturep. 182
The Postnatural Novel: Toxic Consciousness in Fiction of the 1980sp. 196
Is Nature Necessary?p. 204
Revaluing Nature: Toward an Ecological Criticismp. 225
The Sacred Hoop: A Contemporary Perspectivep. 241
Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imaginationp. 264
A Taxonomy of Nature Writingp. 276
Indexing American Possibilities: The Natural History Writing of Bartram, Wilson, and Audubonp. 282
Desert Solitaire: Counter-Friction to the Machine in the Gardenp. 303
Heroines of Nature: Four Women Respond to the American Landscapep. 323
Nature Writing and Environmental Psychology: The Interiority of Outdoor Experiencep. 351
The Bakhtinian Road to Ecological Insightp. 371
Recommended Readingp. 393
Periodicals and Professional Organizationsp. 401
Contributorsp. 403
Indexp. 409
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