Climate and literature: reflections of environment

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Texas Tech University Press, Jan 15, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 134 pages
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With the rise of a succession of sophisticated approaches that largely disregard literature's traditional role as a mirror of life, climate and other environmental factors have been generally disregarded in the interpretation of literary texts during recent decades. For that reason, it is only fitting that the climatological dimension be re-explored after a forty-year hiatus. "Climate and Literature embraces a significant revision of the original telluric "notions" about the determinist relationship between climate and the attitudes and behavior of literary characters set in particular surroundings. In place of such vague notions, we find within these pages interesting and stimulating examples of true applied science and contemporary literary theory that more often than not treat literary depiction of climate not so much as a reflection of influence of particular geographic environments, but as a powerful symbol for psychological or textural processes undergone by the novels' characters, narrators or readers."--Dr. Thomas Franz, Ohio State University.

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Contents

Introduction
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The Clash of the Lasting and
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Climate as Science and Metaphor in the Writings of Jehuda Halevi
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Copyright

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JANET PEREZ is Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Spanish at Texas Tech University. She is the author, editor, or coeditor of numerous books, including the Dictionary of Literature of the Iberian Peninsula (Greenwood, 1993), and her articles have appeared in such journals as Romance Notes, Studies in Short Fiction, and Kentucky Romance Quarterly.

Wendell Aycock is associate dean of the Graduate School at Texas Tech University. His many works include Film and Literature: A Comparative Approach to Adaptation.

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