Essays on Nature and Landscape

In effect, she wrote both as a native and, like her successors in American nature writing John Muir and Mary Austin, as one who discovered and fell in love with her chosen place on Earth as an adult. She spent the rest of her life ...

Author: Susan Fenimore Cooper

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820326356

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894), though often overshadowed by her celebrity father, James Fenimore Cooper, has recently become recognized as both a pioneer of American nature writing and an early advocate for ecological sustainability. Editors Rochelle Johnson and Daniel Patterson have assembled here a collection of ten pieces by Cooper that represent her most accomplished nature writing and the fullest articulation of her environmental principles. With one exception, these essays have not been available in print since their original appearance in Cooper's lifetime. A portrait of her thoughts on nature and how we should live and think in relation to it, this collection both contextualizes Cooper's magnum opus, Rural Hours (1850), and demonstrates how she perceived her work as a nature writer. Frequently her essays are models of how to catch and keep the interest of a reader when writing about plants, animals, and our relationship to the physical environment. By lamenting the decline of bird populations, original forests, and overall biodiversity, she champions preservation and invokes a collective environmental conscience that would not begin to awaken until the end of her life and century. The selections include independent essays, miscellaneous introductions and prefaces, and the first three installments from Cooper's work of literary ornithology, "Otsego Leaves," arguably her most mature and fully realized contribution to American environmental writing. In addition to a foreword by John Elder, one of the nation's leading environmental educators, an introduction analyzes each essay in various cultural contexts. Brief but handy textual notes supplement the essays. Perfect for nature-writing aficionados, environmental historians, and environmental activists, this collection will radically expand Cooper's importance to the history of American environmental thought.

Essays on Nature and Landscape

With one exception, these essays have not been available in print since their original appearance in Cooper's lifetime.

Author: Susan Fenimore Cooper

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820324213

Category: Nature

Page: 131

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Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894), though often overshadowed by her celebrity father, James Fenimore Cooper, has recently become recognized as both a pioneer of American nature writing and an early advocate for ecological sustainability. Editors Rochelle Johnson and Daniel Patterson have assembled here a collection of ten pieces by Cooper that represent her most accomplished nature writing and the fullest articulation of her environmental principles. With one exception, these essays have not been available in print since their original appearance in Cooper's lifetime. A portrait of her thoughts on nature and how we should live and think in relation to it, this collection both contextualizes Cooper's magnum opus, Rural Hours (1850), and demonstrates how she perceived her work as a nature writer. Frequently her essays are models of how to catch and keep the interest of a reader when writing about plants, animals, and our relationship to the physical environment. By lamenting the decline of bird populations, original forests, and overall biodiversity, she champions preservation and invokes a collective environmental conscience that would not begin to awaken until the end of her life and century. The selections include independent essays, miscellaneous introductions and prefaces, and the first three installments from Cooper's work of literary ornithology, "Otsego Leaves," arguably her most mature and fully realized contribution to American environmental writing. In addition to a foreword by John Elder, one of the nation's leading environmental educators, an introduction analyzes each essay in various cultural contexts. Brief but handy textual notes supplement the essays. Perfect for nature-writing aficionados, environmental historians, and environmental activists, this collection will radically expand Cooper's importance to the history of American environmental thought.

The Meanings of Landscape

This book positions landscape as a concept shaped through the centuries, evolving from place to place to provide nuanced interpretations of landscape meaning.

Author: Kenneth R. Olwig

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351053518

Category: Architecture

Page: 258

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Compiling nine authoritative essays spanning an extensive academic career, author Kenneth R. Olwig presents explorations in landscape geography and architecture from an environmental humanities perspective. With influences from art, literature, theatre staging, architecture, and garden design, landscape has come to be viewed as a form of spatial scenery, but this reading captures only a narrow representation of landscape meaning today. This book positions landscape as a concept shaped through the centuries, evolving from place to place to provide nuanced interpretations of landscape meaning. The essays are woven together to gather an international approach to understanding the past and present importance of landscape as place and polity, as designed space, as nature, and as an influential factor in the shaping of ideas in a just social and physical environment. Aimed at students, scholars, and researchers in landscape and beyond, this illustrated volume traces the idea of landscape from the ancient polis and theatre through to the present day.

Modern Architecture and Other Essays

NEIL LEVINE “ Architecture : The Natural and the Manmade . ” In Denatured Visions : Landscape and Culture in the Twentieth Century , ed . Stuart Wrede and William Howard Adams . New York : The Museum of Modern Art , 1991 .

Author: Vincent Joseph Scully

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691074429

Category: Architecture

Page: 399

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Vincent Scully has shaped not only how we view the evolution of architecture in the twentieth century but also the course of that evolution itself. Combining the modes of historian and critic in unique and compelling ways--with an audience that reaches from students and scholars to professional architects and ardent amateurs--Scully has profoundly influenced the way architecture is thought about and made. This extensively illustrated and elegantly designed volume distills Scully's incalculable contribution. Neil Levine, a former student of Scully's, selects twenty essays that reveal the breadth and depth of Scully's work from the 1950s through the 1990s. The pieces are included for their singular contribution to our understanding of modern architecture as well as their relative unavailability to current readers. Levine offers a perceptive overview of Scully's distinguished career and introduces each essay, skillfully setting the scholarly and cultural scene. The selections address almost all of modern architecture's major themes and together go a long way toward defining what constitutes the contemporary experience of architecture and urbanism. Each is characteristically Scully--provocative, yet precise in detail and observation, written with passionate clarity. They document Scully's seminal views on the relationship between the natural and the built environment and trace his progressively intense concern with the fabric of the street and of our communities. The essays also highlight Scully's engagement with the careers of so many of the twentieth century's most significant architects, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn to Robert Venturi. In the tradition of great intellectual biographies, this finely made book chronicles our most influential architectural historian and critic. It is a gift to architecture and its history.

Essays in Aesthetics

asserts that my taste or distaste for this flower is itself not personal , even less natural , but cultural , as though it were ... I like a landscape à la Corot or a woman à la Renoir because my taste concerning landscapes and female ...

Author: Gärard Genette

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803221975

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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Over the course of the past forty years, Gärard Genette?s work has profoundly influenced scholars of narratology, poetics, aesthetics, and literary and cultural criticism, and he continues to be one of France?s most influential theorists. The eighteen pieces in Essays in Aesthetics are of international interest because they are concerned either with universal aesthetic problems (the receiver?s relationship to an aesthetic object, abstract art, the role of repetition in aesthetics, genre theory, and the rapport between literature and music) or with specific moments in the work of a well-known writer or artist (such as Stendhal, Proust, Manet, Pissarro, and Canaletto).øEssays in Aesthetics contains a wealth of material related to the appreciation of beauty by one of the subtlest and most original minds working in aesthetics today. Genette knows the fine arts as well as he knows literature and as a result has innovative things to say to readers in that field as well as to philosophers and literary scholars.

Literary Excursions in the Southern Highlands Essays on Natural History

Every landscape needs a voice, a voice to speak for the place, a voice to animate it and all of its inhabitants in a ... wrapped perfectly with the exquisite watercolors of Elizabeth Ellison, we denizens of all things wild and natural ...

Author: George Ellison

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781467136112

Category: Nature

Page: 240

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Extending from Roanoke to Mount Oglethorpe and bounded by the Appalachian Mountains, the Southern Highlands is one of the most diverse natural areas in North America. From beautiful flora like the Fraser magnolia to rare ecosystems such as the mountain cedar glades, the area has been an inspiration for writers and naturalists since it was first explored by William Bartram in 1775. Investigate the biology of the cloudless sulphur butterfly, whose erratic flight is used to confuse its prey. Discover the botany of the white ash tree, said to produce the most satisfying crack of a baseball bat. Essayist, poet and naturalist George Ellison explores the abundant wonders of the Southern Highlands in a series of humorous, scientific and literary essays vividly illustrated by artist Elizabeth Ellison.

Nature in the Global South

Because landscapes are simultaneously social and natural , to make landscape a unit of scholarly analysis is to track the conjoined making of nature and culture . The essays in this volume attune readers to both the social and natural ...

Author: Paul Greenough

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822331497

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 428

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A nuanced look at how nature has been culturally constructed in South and Southeast Asia, Nature in the Global South is a major contribution to understandings of the politics and ideologies of environmentalism and development in a postcolonial epoch. Among the many significant paradigms for understanding both the preservation and use of nature in these regions are biological classification, state forest management, tropical ecology, imperial water control, public health, and community-based conservation. Focusing on these and other ways that nature has been shaped and defined, this pathbreaking collection of essays describes projects of exploitation, administration, science, and community protest. With contributors based in anthropology, ecology, sociology, history, and environmental and policy studies, Nature in the Global South features some of the most innovative and influential work being done in the social studies of nature. While some of the essays look at how social and natural landscapes are created, maintained, and transformed by scientists, officials, monks, and farmers, others analyze specific campaigns to eradicate smallpox and save forests, waterways, and animal habitats. In case studies centered in the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, and South and Southeast Asia as a whole, contributors examine how the tropics, the jungle, tribes, and peasants are understood and transformed; how shifts in colonial ideas about the landscape led to extremely deleterious changes in rural well-being; and how uneasy environmental compromises are forged in the present among rural, urban, and global allies. Contributors: Warwick Anderson Amita Baviskar Peter Brosius Susan Darlington Michael R. Dove Ann Grodzins Gold Paul Greenough Roger Jeffery Nancy Peluso K. Sivaramakrishnan Nandini Sundar Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing Charles Zerner

Essays on Japan

It would be difficult to think about Japan without linking it to the natural landscape. Japanese writers and thinkers have consistently associated nature and human nature, thus endowing natural phenomena with the expression of all ...

Author: Michael Marra

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004189775

Category: Philosophy

Page: 505

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Essays on Japan is a compilation of Professor Michael F. Marra’s essays written in the past ten years on the topics of Japanese literature, Japanese aesthetics, and the space between the two subjects.

Crossing Between Tradition and Modernity Essays in Commemoriation of Milena Dole alov Velingerov 1932 2012

According to Wang, by their very nature, the kinds of landscape essays Liu wrote should be distinguished from the earlier genres like topography and travelogue, the former which reports details of the features of a geographical area and ...

Author: Denton, Kirk A.

Publisher: Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press

ISBN: 9788024635132

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 318

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Kniha "Crossing Between Tradition and Modernity" představuje soubor třinácti esejů k uctění památky Mileny Doleželové-Velingerové (1932–2012), členky pražské sinologické školy a významné odbornice na čínskou literaturu, která zastávala přední místo při zavádění literární teorie a její důsledné aplikace v sinologii. Milena Doleželová-Velingerová byla jedním z těch vzácných vědeckých pracovníků, kteří psali se stejnou erudicí a stejně kvalifikovaně jak o moderní, tak i o klasické literatuře. Eseje následují příkladu Mileny Doleželové-Velingerové v tom smyslu, že se zabývají širokým spektrem historických období, literárních žánrů a témat - od Tangových cestovatelských esejů až po kulturní identitu postkoloniálního Hong-Kongu. Eseje jsou strukturovány do dvou částí Language, Structure, and Genre a Identities and Self-Representations. Jsou motivovány soustředěným zájmem o problematiku jazyka, narativní struktury a komplexní povahy literárního významu, tématy, které byly středobodem práce Mileny Doleželové-Velingerové.