Where the Wild Books are: A Field Guide to Ecofiction

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University of Nevada Press, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 264 pages
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As interest in environmental issues grows, many writers of fiction have embraced themes that explore the connections between humans and the natural world. Ecologically themed fiction ranges from profound philosophical meditations to action-packed entertainments. Where the Wild Books Are offers an overview of nearly 2,000 works of nature-oriented fiction. The author includes a discussion of the precursors and history of the genre, and of its expansion since the 1970s. He also considers its forms and themes, as well as the subgenres into which it has evolved, such as speculative fiction, ecodefense, animal stories, mysteries, ecofeminist novels, cautionary tales, and others. A brief summary and critical commentary of each title is included. Dwyer s scope is broad and covers fiction by Native American writers as well as ecofiction from writers around the world. Far more than a mere listing of books, Where the Wild Books Are is a lively introduction to a vast universe of engaging, provocative writing. It can be used to develop book collections or curricula. It also serves as an introduction to one of the most fertile areas of contemporary fiction, presenting books that will offer enjoyable reading and new insights into the vexing environmental questions of our time.

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Contents

Definitions and Analyses
1
Ecofictions Roots and Historical Development
9
Contemporary Ecofiction
32
Native American and Canadian Ecofiction
69
Ecofiction from All Around the World
79
Doin the Wild Thing
108
The Real West
117
Green Speculative Fiction
129
Mysteries
164
best books
185
BIBLIOGRAPHY
195
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About the author (2010)

Jim Dwyer is bibliographic services librarian at California State University, Chico. He is also the author of Earth Works: Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction About Nature and the Environment for Adults and Young Adults.

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