Environmental and Nature Writing

With discussion questions and writing prompts throughout, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writers' Guide and Anthology covers such topics as: · The history of writing about the environment · Image, description and metaphor · ...

Author: Sean Prentiss

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472592545

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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Offering guidance on writing poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, Environmental and Nature Writing is a complete introduction to the art and craft of writing about the environment in a wide range of genres. With discussion questions and writing prompts throughout, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writers' Guide and Anthology covers such topics as: · The history of writing about the environment · Image, description and metaphor · Environmental journalism, poetry, and fiction · Researching, revising and publishing · Styles of nature writing, from discovery to memoir to polemic The book also includes an anthology, offering inspiring examples of nature writing in all of the genres covered by the book, including work by: John Daniel, Camille T. Dungy, David Gessner, Jennifer Lunden, Erik Reece, David Treuer, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Alyson Hagy, Bonnie Nadzam, Lydia Peelle, Benjamin Percy, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Nikky Finney, Juan Felipe Herrera, Major Jackson, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, G.E. Patterson, Natasha Trethewey, and many more.

The Environmental Imagination

With Thoreau's Walden as a touchstone, Buell offers an account of environmental perception, the place of nature in the history of Western thought, and the consequences for literary scholarship of attempting to imagine a more "ecocentric" ...

Author: Lawrence Buell

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674258624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 586

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Intricate and challenging in its arguments, yet engagingly and elegantly written, The Environmental Imagination is a major work of scholarship, one that establishes a new basis for the reading of American nature writing.

The New Nature Writing

Rooted in the work of an older generation of environment-focused authors and activists, this new form is both stylistically innovative and mindful of ecology and conservation practice.

Author: Jos Smith

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 1350092185

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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In the last decade there has been a proliferation of landscape writing in Britain and Ireland, often referred to as 'The New Nature Writing'. Rooted in the work of an older generation of environment-focused authors and activists, this new form is both stylistically innovative and mindful of ecology and conservation practice. The New Nature Writing: Rethinking the Literature of Place connects these two generations to show that the contemporary energy around the cultures of landscape and place is the outcome of a long-standing relationship between environmentalism and the arts. Drawing on original interviews with authors, archival research, and scholarly work in the fields of literary geographies, ecocriticism and archipelagic criticism, the book covers the work of such writers as Robert Macfarlane, Richard Mabey, Tim Robinson and Alice Oswald. Examining the ways in which these authors have engaged with a wide range of different environments, from the edgelands to island spaces, Jos Smith reveals how they recreate a resourceful and dynamic sense of localism in rebellion against the homogenising growth of “clone town Britain.”

Writing the Environment in Nineteenth Century American Literature

Taken together, these essays offer a fresh perspective on the roots of environmental literature in nineteenth-century American nonfiction, fiction, and poetry as well as in multi-genre compositions such as the travel writings of Margaret ...

Author: Steven Petersheim

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498508384

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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The nineteenth-century roots of environmental writing in American literature are often mentioned in passing and sometimes studied piece by piece. Writing the Environment in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: The Ecological Awareness of Early Scribes of Nature brings together numerous explorations of environmentally-aware writing across the genres of nineteenth-century literature. Like Lawrence Buell, the authors of this collection find Thoreau’s writing a touchstone of nineteenth-century environmental writing, particularly focusing on Thoreau’s claim that humans may function as “scribes of nature.” However, these studies of Thoreau’s antecedents, contemporaries, and successors also reveal a range of other writers in the nineteenth century whose literary treatments of nature are often more environmentally attuned than most readers have noticed. The writers whose works are studied in this collection include canonical and forgotten writers, men and women, early nineteenth-century and late nineteenth-century authors, pioneers and conservationists. They drew attention to the conflicted relationships between humans and the American continent, as experienced by Native Americans and European Americans. Taken together, these essays offer a fresh perspective on the roots of environmental literature in nineteenth-century American nonfiction, fiction, and poetry as well as in multi-genre compositions such as the travel writings of Margaret Fuller. Bringing largely forgotten voices such as John Godman alongside canonical voices such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson, the authors whose writings are studied in this collection produced a diverse tapestry of nascent American environmental writing in the nineteenth-century. From early nineteenth-century writers such as poet Philip Freneau and novelist Charles Brockden Brown to later nineteenth-century conservationists such as John James Audubon and John Muir, Scribes of Nature shows the development of an environmental consciousness and a growing conservationist ethos in American literature. Given their often surprisingly healthy respect for the natural environment, these nineteenth-century writers offer us much to consider in an age of environmental crisis. The complexities of the supposed nature/culture divide still work into our lives today as economic and environmental issues are often seen at loggerheads when they ought to be seen as part of the same conversation of what it means to live healthy lives, and to pass on a healthy world to those who follow us in a world where human activity is becoming increasingly threatening to the health of our planet.

Nature Writing

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author: Don Scheese

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134980772

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Nature Writing of the Anthropocene

This is a dystopian tendency in the genre, in which descriptions of nature are increasingly characterized by the writer’s concerns over what is happening to the landscape in question, and what the future might hold in a world where ...

Author: Christian Hummelsund Voie

Publisher:

ISBN: 9188527336

Category:

Page: 190

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The point of departure for this study is the hypothesis that the American genre of nature writing has reached an important crossroads in the way it describes the human-nature relationship. My study argues that the awareness of the large-scale environmental changes that are signaled in terms such as the Anthropocene has changed the way nature writers approach their genre. Where traditional nature writing would tend to posit a separation between pristine and humanized environments, the nature writing of the Anthropocene emerges from the awareness that environmental impacts have reached a scope where no such distinction can be made. The traditional narrative of retreat to pristine nature or the wilderness from civilization has thus been replaced in Anthropocenic nature writing with the narrative of confrontation with a natural environment impacted by humans. This is a dystopian tendency in the genre, in which descriptions of nature are increasingly characterized by the writer’s concerns over what is happening to the landscape in question, and what the future might hold in a world where industrial humanity is affecting all ecological processes. Such literature increasingly foregrounds the best available environmental science, and the texts mark a shift from the traditional focus on spiritual connections with the environment, towards more material and functional understandings of the role of humanity in the complex organic and inorganic dynamics that maintain the world’s ecosystems. This dissertation analyzes the emergence of Anthropocenic awareness in selected texts of contemporary American nature writing with reference to its five main features: scientific interest in the function of ecosystems, interest in the agency of matter rendered through what is referred to as material nature writing, the dignification of the overlooked, the environmental landscape of fear, and a turn in the genre towards matters of environmental justice. Even though what I refer to as Anthropocenic nature writing may seem dystopian, this dissertation foregrounds the various ways in which the narrative of confrontation with the human also invites activism and engagement in the hope of stimulating change and environmental justice.

Nature Writing and America

Fritzell (English, Lawrence U.) investigates the unique evolution of nature writing in America--first exemplified by Thoreau's Walden, and later refined and amplified in the works of Aldo Leopold, Loren Eiseley, Edward Abbey, and Annie ...

Author: Peter A. Fritzell

Publisher: Iowa State Press

ISBN: UOM:39015029943597

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

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Fritzell (English, Lawrence U.) investigates the unique evolution of nature writing in America--first exemplified by Thoreau's Walden, and later refined and amplified in the works of Aldo Leopold, Loren Eiseley, Edward Abbey, and Annie Dillard, among others. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Kapaligiran an Anthology of Filipina Nature Writing

The book honours a rich oral tradition and presents a distinctive form of 'nature writing' that speaks to global concerns about degradation and climate change.

Author: Brett S. Matulis

Publisher:

ISBN: 1800859503

Category:

Page: 240

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Twenty-seven women living at the environmental margins of Philippine society share their perspectives on pressing environmental concerns. Their creative writing - in the form of essays, stories, poems, and prose - articulates their particular environmental challenges, appreciations, priorities, and aspirations. They write with inescapable awareness of a changing climate, in the face of a persistent flood hazard, insecure land tenure, inadequate access to vital resources, and the constant strain of a degraded environment. The book honours a rich oral tradition and presents a distinctive form of 'nature writing' that speaks to global concerns about degradation and climate change. It is an expression of cultural environmental values at a time when conservation is increasingly framed in the detached language of economics. The creative authors in this anthology make their mark on a long tradition of literary expression that has not historically represented diverse experiences of the natural world, and they offer the global environmental movement a critically important perspective on justice in environmental protection. Their environmentalism is not one that can be expressed on balance sheets through economic valuation; it is one that can only be captured through creative expression. And an environmental movement that concerns itself with inclusive representation, must recognise the value of the perspective they offer.

The Future of Nature

A collection of writings by such contributors as Ursula Le Guin, David Orr, and Mark Dowie evaluates the role of human nature as both a key and obstacle in achieving environmental goals, in a volume that explores such topics as America's ...

Author: Barry Holstun Lopez

Publisher: World as Home

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123315447

Category: Nature

Page: 391

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A collection of writings by such contributors as Ursula Le Guin, David Orr, and Mark Dowie evaluates the role of human nature as both a key and obstacle in achieving environmental goals, in a volume that explores such topics as America's incarnation society, spiritual ecology, and the military-industrial landscape. Original.

Ecology Without Nature

Morton argues that the chief stumbling block to environmental thinking is the image of nature most writers promote: they propose a new world view, but their very zeal to preserve the natural world leads them away from the "nature" they ...

Author: Timothy Morton

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674034853

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 249

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Morton argues that the chief stumbling block to environmental thinking is the image of nature most writers promote: they propose a new world view, but their very zeal to preserve the natural world leads them away from the "nature" they revere. To have a properly ecological view, Morton suggests, we must relinquish, once and for all, the idea of nature.

Writing the Environment

The contributors to this critique of the modern world write about a range of environment-related issues and assess the impact of a variety of groups on popular culture. They see the environmental crisis as the limit of postmodernism.

Author: Richard Kerridge

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106014720640

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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The contributors to this critique of the modern world write about a range of environment-related issues and assess the impact of a variety of groups on popular culture. They see the environmental crisis as the limit of postmodernism.

Naturebot

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of biomimetics, environmental literary studies/ecocriticism, and the environmental humanities.

Author: James Barilla

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0367567512

Category:

Page: 184

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Naturebot: Unconventional Visions of Nature presents a humanities-oriented addition to the literature on biomimetics and bioinspiration, an interdisciplinary field which investigates what it means to mimic nature with technology. This technology mirrors the biodiversity of nature and it is precisely this creation of technological metaphors for the intricate workings of the natural world that is the real subject of Naturebot. Over the course of the book, Barilla applies the narrative conventions of the nature writing genre to this unconventional vision of nature, contrasting the traditional tropes and questions of natural history with an expanding menagerie of creatures that defy conventional categories of natural and artificial. In keeping with its nature writing approach, the book takes us to where we can encounter these creatures, examining the technological models and the biotic specimens that inspired them. In doing so, it contemplates the future of the human relationship to the environment, and the future of nature writing in the 21st century. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of biomimetics, environmental literary studies/ecocriticism, and the environmental humanities.

Haunted Spaces in Twenty First Century British Nature Writing

By including novels among my primary texts I go beyond the strict definition of nature writing as a first-person, nonfiction account of an exploration, both physical (outward) and mental (inward), of a predominantly nonhuman environment ...

Author: Anneke Lubkowitz

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110678611

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 301

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This study investigates the figure of haunting in the New Nature Writing. It begins with a historical survey of nature writing and traces how it came to represent an ideal of ‘natural’ space as empty of human history and social conflict. Building on a theoretical framework which combines insights from ecocriticism and spatial theory, the author explores the spatial dimensions of haunting and ‘hauntology’ and shows how 21st-century writers draw on a Gothic repertoire of seemingly supernatural occurrences and spectral imagery to portray ‘natural’ space as disturbed, uncanny and socially contested. Iain Sinclair and Robert Macfarlane are revealed to apply psychogeography’s interest in ‘hidden histories’ and haunted places to spaces associated with ‘wilderness’ and ‘the countryside’. Kathleen Jamie’s allusions to the Gothic are put in relation to her feminist re-writing of ‘the outdoors’, and John Burnside’s use of haunting is shown to dismantle fictions of ‘the far north’. This book provides not only a discussion of a wide range of factual and fictional narratives of the present but also an analysis of the intertextual dialogue with the Romantic tradition which enfolds in these texts.

City Wilds

Set in neither pristine nor exotic environs, these stories and essays take us to rivers, parks, vacant lots, lakes, gardens, and zoos as they convey nature's rich disregard of city limits signs.

Author: Terrell Dixon

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820323500

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 311

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The assumptions we make about nature writing too often lead us to see it only as a literature about wilderness or rural areas. This anthology broadens our awareness of American nature writing by featuring the flora, fauna, geology, and climate that enrich and shape urban life. Set in neither pristine nor exotic environs, these stories and essays take us to rivers, parks, vacant lots, lakes, gardens, and zoos as they convey nature's rich disregard of city limits signs. With writings by women and men from cities in all regions of the country and from different ethnic traditions, the anthology reflects the geographic differences and multicultural makeup of our cities. Works by well-known and emerging contemporary writers are included as well as pieces from important twentieth-century urban nature writers. Since more than 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas, we need to enlarge our environmental concerns to encompass urban nature. By focusing on urban nature writing, the selections in City Wilds can help develop a more inclusive environmental consciousness, one that includes both the nature we see on a day-to-day basis and how such nearby nature is viewed by writers from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Writing Environments

Including interviews with several of America's leading environmental writers, this volume addresses the intersections between writing and nature.

Author: Sidney I. Dobrin

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791483893

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 377

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"Writing Environments addresses the intersections between writing and nature through interviews with some of America's leading environmental writers. The interviews are followed by critical responses from writing scholars. This diverse range of voices speaks lucidly and captivatingly about topics such as place, writing, teaching, politics, race, and culture, and how these overlap in many complex ways."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Beyond Nature Writing

The Environmental Imagination : Thoreau , Nature Writing , and the Formation of American Culture . Cambridge : Belknap - Harvard P , 1995 . Bullard , Robert D. Confronting Environmental Racism : Voices from the Grassroots .

Author: Karla Armbruster

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813920140

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 372

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Together, their work signals a new direction in the field and offers refreshingly original insights into a broad spectrum of texts.

Writing about Nature

Chapter 16 Nature Writing and Environmental Activism It is always a writer's duty to make the world better . Samuel Johnson , Preface to Shakespeare Since the beginning , nature writing has been an active force of social change ...

Author: John A. Murray

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 0826330851

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 202

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Originally published by the Sierra Club in 1995, this handbook covers genres, techniques, and publication issues for aspiring writers, scholars, and students who want to share their experiences in nature and the outdoors.

Earthly Words

An essential collection of criticism on the leading nature writers of today.

Author: John R. Cooley

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015034505076

Category: Science

Page: 270

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An essential collection of criticism on the leading nature writers of today.

Such News of the Land

on nature writings is found in ISLE : Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment and in the American Nature Writing Newsletter ( ASLE news ) . The rapidly growing literature and scholarship of nature writing includes ...

Author: Thomas S. Edwards

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1584650982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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A collection of new essays establishes women's voices as a powerful presence in US nature writing.