Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the U.S. and Beyond (Google eBook)

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Harvard University Press, Jul 1, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 384 pages
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The environmental imagination does not stop short at the edge of the woods. Nor should our understanding of it, as Lawrence Buell makes powerfully clear in his new book that aims to reshape the field of literature and environmental studies. Emphasizing the influence of the physical environment on individual and collective perception, his book thus provides the theoretical underpinnings for an ecocriticism now reaching full power, and does so in remarkably clear and concrete ways.

"Writing for an Endangered World" offers a conception of the physical environment--whether built or natural--as simultaneously found and constructed, and treats imaginative representations of it as acts of both discovery and invention. A number of the chapters develop this idea through parallel studies of figures identified with either "natural" or urban settings: John Muir and Jane Addams; Aldo Leopold and William Faulkner; Robinson Jeffers and Theodore Dreiser; Wendell Berry and Gwendolyn Brooks. Focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers, but ranging freely across national borders, his book reimagines city and country as a single complex landscape.

  

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"ecocriticism" and "study of literature and evinvironmentalism" . makes for some very dense and not so pretty writing by author buell. but that said, lots and lots of examples of environment ... Read full review

Review: Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the US and Beyond

User Review  - Tuck - Goodreads

"ecocriticism" and "study of literature and evinvironmentalism" . makes for some very dense and not so pretty writing by author buell. but that said, lots and lots of examples of environment ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
America the Beautiful Jane Addams and John Muir
9
Environmental Imagination and Environmental Unconscious
18
Outline of This Book
27
Toxic Discourse
30
The Toxic Denominator
32
Toxic Discourse Anatomized
35
Toxicity Risk and Literary Imagination
45
Dreiser and Jeffers
149
Berry and Brooks
157
Addams
167
Modernization and the Claims of the Natural World Faulkner and Leopold
170
Faulkner as Environmental Historian
171
Go Down Moses and Environmental Unconscious
177
Faulkner Leopold and Ecological Ethics
183
Global Commons as Resource and as Icon Imagining Oceans and Whales
196

The Place of Place
55
The Elusiveness of Place
59
Five Dimensions of PlaceConnectedness
64
The Importance of Place Imagination
74
Wideman
78
Flaneurs Progress Reinhabiting the City
84
Whitman Olmsted and Others
90
High Modernism and Modern Urban Theory
103
William Carlos Williams as Bioregionalist
109
Later Trajectories
120
Discourses of Determinism
129
Urban Fiction from Dickens through Wright
131
Rurality as Fate
143
Resymbolizing Ocean
199
MobyDick and the Hierarchies of Nation Culture and Species
205
The Lure of the Megafauna
214
The Misery of Beasts and Humans Nonanthropocentric Ethics versus Environmental Justice
224
Schisms
225
Mediations
236
Watershed Aesthetics
243
From River to Watershed
244
Mary Austin to the Present
252
Notes
267
Acknowledgments
341
Index
345
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Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University.

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