Steinbeck and the environment: interdisciplinary approaches

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University of Alabama Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 363 pages
John Steinbeck, intellectual soulmate of pioneering ecologist Edward F. Ricketts, developed a literary vision unique for its biological holism. From his exploration of the environmental disaster in the Dust Bowl region described in The Grapes of Wrath to his voyage of scientific and spiritual discovery among near-pristine marine ecosystems recounted in Log from the Sea of Cortez, Steinbeck's entire canon probes the multiple and interlocked dimensions of his outstanding theme - that human beings and their environment are an inseparable unit. Written by scholars from various disciplines - marine biology, the social and physical sciences, environmental studies, feminist theory, history, and philosophy, as well as American literature - these essays offer a dynamic contribution to the study of Steinbeck by considering his writings from an environmental perspective. And although these writers come from different backgrounds, they find a common theme - Steinbeck blended his literary vision with a uniqueunderstanding and appreciation of the environment.

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Susan Shillinglaw is a scholar in residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California, and a professor of English at San Jose State University, where she was also the director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies for many years. She was a consultant to Harpo Productions for Oprah's website on "East of Eden, "and has consulted for popular media such as "Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel," and "A&E." She is the coauthor of "How to Organize a Steinbeck Book or Film Discussion Group" and a coeditor of "Beyond Boundaries: Rereading John Steinbeck and Steinbeck and the Environment. "She lives in Los Gatos, California. Nancy Burnett has been photographing the California landscape for more than 30 years. She is the producer of "The Shape of Life" and "Strange Days on Planet Earth" for PBS, coproducer of the photographic exhibit" Sea Stars" for the Smithsonian, and coauthor of" The Shape of Life," She lives in the Carmel Valley in California.

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