American Earth

Environmental Writing Since Thoreau

Author: Bill McKibben

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9781598530209

Category: Nature

Page: 1047

View: 8672

A provocative anthology of top-selected American environmental writings from the past two centuries considers their influence on the ways in which people view the natural world and includes pieces by such figures as Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John James Audubon. 30,000 first printing.

American Earth

environmental writing since Thoreau

Author: Bill McKibben

Publisher: Literary Classics of United States


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1047

View: 6279

Author and activist McKibben gathers the essential American writings that changed the way the public looks at the natural world. "American Earth" features essays by Walt Whitman, Rachel Carson, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Pollan, and dozens more.

Collected Essays and Poems

Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 703

View: 947

A single-volume collection of essential writings features Thoreau's best poetry and essays on nature, materialism, conformity, and politics, including such works as "Slavery in Massachusetts," "Civil Disobedience," "A Winter Walk," "Life Without Principle," and others.

West of 98

Living and Writing the New American West

Author: Lynn Stegner,Russell Rowland

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292739346

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 418

View: 7110

What does it mean to be a westerner? With all the mythology that has grown up about the American West, is it even possible to describe "how it was, how it is, here, in the West—just that," in the words of Lynn Stegner? Starting with that challenge, Stegner and Russell Rowland invited several dozen members of the western literary tribe to write about living in the West and being a western writer in particular. West of 98 gathers sixty-six literary testimonies, in essays and poetry, from a stellar collection of writers who represent every state west of the 98th parallel—a kind of Greek chorus of the most prominent voices in western literature today, who seek to "characterize the West as each of us grew to know it, and, equally important, the West that is still becoming." In West of 98, western writers speak to the ways in which the West imprints itself on the people who live there, as well as how the people of the West create the personality of the region. The writers explore the western landscape—how it has been revered and abused across centuries—and the inescapable limitations its aridity puts on all dreams of conquest and development. They dismantle the boosterism of manifest destiny and the cowboy and mountain man ethos of every-man-for-himself, and show instead how we must create new narratives of cooperation if we are to survive in this spare and beautiful country. The writers seek to define the essence of both actual and metaphoric wilderness as they journey toward a West that might honestly be called home. A collective declaration not of our independence but of our interdependence with the land and with each other, West of 98 opens up a whole new panorama of the western experience.


An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-based Writing

Author: Florence Caplow,Susan Cohen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781607811244

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 292

View: 5076

A powerful collection of essays and poetry by both prominent American environmental writers and exciting new voices.

The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment

Author: Timothy Clark

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113949516X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 2129

The degrading environment of the planet is something that touches everyone. This 2011 book offers an introductory overview of literary and cultural criticism that concerns environmental crisis in some form. Both as a way of reading texts and as a theoretical approach to culture more generally, 'ecocriticism' is a varied and fast-changing set of practices which challenges inherited thinking and practice in the reading of literature and culture. This introduction defines what ecocriticism is, its methods, arguments and concepts, and will enable students to look at texts in a wholly new way. Boxed sections explain key critical terms and contemporary debates in the field with 'hands-on' examples and comparisons. Timothy Clark's thoughtful approach makes this an ideal first encounter with environmental readings of literature.

The Art of Seeing Things


Author: John Burroughs,Charlotte Zoë Walker

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815628804

Category: Nature

Page: 282

View: 9704

A collection of essays by noted naturalist John Burroughs in which he contemplates a wide array of topics including farming, religion, and conservation. A departure from previous John Burroughs anthologies, this volume celebrates the surprising range of his writing to include religion, philosophy, conservation, and farming. In doing so, it emphasizes the process of the literary naturalist, specifically the lively connection the author makes between perceiving nature and how perception permeates all aspects of life experiences

Teaching North American environmental literature

Author: Mark C. Long,Frederick O. Waage

Publisher: Modern Language Assn of Amer

ISBN: 9780873528108

Category: Education

Page: 502

View: 6644

From stories about Los Angeles freeways to slave narratives to science fiction, environmental literature encompasses more than nature writing. The study of environmental narrative has flourished since the MLA published Teaching Environmental Literature in 1985. Today, writers evince a self-consciousness about writing in the genre, teachers have incorporated field study into courses, technology has opened up classroom possibilities, and institutions have developed to support study of this vital body of writing. The challenge for instructors is to identify core texts while maintaining the field's dynamic, open qualities.The essays in this volume focus on North American environmental writing, presenting teachers with background on environmental justice issues, ecocriticism, and ecofeminism. Contributors consider the various disciplines that have shaped the field, including African American, American Indian, Canadian, and Chicana/o literature. The interdisciplinary approaches recommended treat the theme of predators in literature, ecology and ethics, conservation, and film. A focus on place-based literature explores how students can physically engage with the environment as they study literature. The volume closes with an annotated resource guide organized by subject matter.


a critical introduction

Author: J. Scott Bryson

Publisher: Univ of Utah Pr


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 2933

The Burgeoning Field of ecocriticism is beginning to address the work of ecopoets such as Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, W. S. Merwin, and Wendell Berry, among others, whose poems increasingly deal with ecological and environmental issues. Ecopoetry: A Critical Introduction assembles previously unpublished contributions from many of the most important scholars in the field as they discuss the historical and crosscultural roots of ecopoetry, while expanding the boundaries to include such themes as genocide and extinction, the lesbian body, and postcolonialism. This volume gathers these necessary voices in the emerging conversation regarding poetry's place in the environmental debate.

How the Dead Dream

Author: Lydia Millet

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156035460

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

View: 6904

The newest novel from critically acclaimed Lydia Millet, How the Dead Dream is a beautiful, heart-wrenching tale and a riveting commentary on community in the modern suburban landscape and how the lives of animals are affected by it.

The Night Country

Author: Loren C. Eiseley

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803267350

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 7495

A collection of autobiographical essays in which the author, anthropologist Loren Eiseley, reflects on the mysteries of life and nature.

Coming of Age at the End of Nature

A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet

Author: Julie Dunlap,Susan A. Cohen

Publisher: Trinity University Press

ISBN: 159534778X

Category: Nature

Page: 248

View: 3560

Coming of Age at the End of Nature explores a new kind of environmental writing. This powerful anthology gathers the passionate voices of young writers who have grown up in an environmentally damaged and compromised world. Each contributor has come of age since Bill McKibben foretold the doom of humanity’s ancient relationship with a pristine earth in his prescient 1988 warning of climate change, The End of Nature. What happens to individuals and societies when their most fundamental cultural, historical, and ecological bonds weaken—or snap? In Coming of Age at the End of Nature, insightful millennials express their anger and love, dreams and fears, and sources of resilience for living and thriving on our shifting planet. Twenty-two essays explore wide-ranging themes that are paramount to young generations but that resonate with everyone, including redefining materialism and environmental justice, assessing the risk and promise of technology, and celebrating place anywhere from a wild Atlantic island to the Arizona desert, to Baltimore and Bangkok. The contributors speak with authority on problems facing us all, whether railing against the errors of past generations, reveling in their own adaptability, or insisting on a collective responsibility to do better.

Beyond Romantic Ecocriticism

Toward Urbanatural Roosting

Author: A. Nichols

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781349287093

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

View: 9335

Nichols chronicles the Enlightenment view of 'Nature' as static and separate from humans as it moved towards the Romantic 'nature' characterized by dynamic links among all living things. Engaging Romantic and Victorian thinkers, as well as contemporary scholarship, he draws new conclusions about 21st-century ideas of nature.

Writing New York

A Literary Anthology

Author: Phillip Lopate

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671042351

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1032

View: 6294

Presents a literary portrait of the city of New York through the eyes of more than a hundred writers, from Washington Irving to Oscar Hijuelos.


Author: Carter Scholz

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1629631876

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 1099

The intriguing story of how a bold but tiny group of beleaguered humanity—financed by a rogue billionaire—undertake the top-secret colonization of a nearby star system In this collection of sci-fi stories, heralded writer Carter Scholz explores a variety of sociopolitical themes. In the novella Gypsy, a few visionary scientists, chosen and nurtured by an eccentric billionaire undertake humankind's most expansive adventure—a generations-long voyage to a distant planet. The story "The Nine Billion Names of God" uses a classic sci-fi text to deconstruct literary deconstruction itself, with hilarious results. "Imprecations" is an unforgiving examination of the primary lies in popular culture. An interview with the author, in which Scholz reveals his sources, frustrations, forbidden delights, and demonic designs, is also included.

Becoming Americans

Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing

Author: Ilan Stavans

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781598530513

Category: History

Page: 724

View: 504

Comprised mostly of memoirs with some fiction, this volume gathers selections from the writings of 85 immigrants from 45 countries that illustrate the changing views of immigrants in the United States.

Keywords for Environmental Studies

Author: William A. Gleason,David N. Pellow

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814762964

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 1867

Understandings of “nature” have expanded and changed, but the word has not lost importance at any level of discourse: it continues to hold a key place in conversations surrounding thought, ethics, and aesthetics. Nowhere is this more evident than in the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies. Keywords for Environmental Studies analyzes the central terms and debates currently structuring the most exciting research in and across environmental studies, including the environmental humanities, environmental social sciences, sustainability sciences, and the sciences of nature. Sixty essays from humanists, social scientists, and scientists, each written about a single term, reveal the broad range of quantitative and qualitative approaches critical to the state of the field today. From “ecotourism” to “ecoterrorism,” from “genome” to “species,” this accessible volume illustrates the ways in which scholars are collaborating across disciplinary boundaries to reach shared understandings of key issues—such as extreme weather events or increasing global environmental inequities— in order to facilitate the pursuit of broad collective goals and actions. This book underscores the crucial realization that every discipline has a stake in the central environmental questions of our time, and that interdisciplinary conversations not only enhance, but are requisite to environmental studies today.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Xist Publishing

ISBN: 1681957345

Category: Nature

Page: 235

View: 2091

A Wonderful Journey through the Forests of Maine “The mission of men there seems to be, like so many busy demons, to drive the forest out of the country.”- Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers presents Thoreau's fullest account of the wilderness. It’s a personal story of exterior and interior discoveries in a natural setting.

A Walk to Wachusett

Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781721989058


Page: 50

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