Writing Across the Landscape Travel Journals 1950 2013

Embedded with facsimile manuscript pages and an array of poems, many never before published, Writing Across the Landscape revives an era when political activism coursed through the land and refashions Lawrence Ferlinghetti, not only as a ...

Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9781631490859

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 552

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In celebration of Ferlinghetti’s 100th birthday comes this “stunning portrait” of the intrepid life of “one of America’s best poets” (Huffington Post). Over the course of an adventured-filled life, now in its tenth decade, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been many things: a poet, painter, pacifist, publisher, courageous defender of free speech, and owner of San Francisco’s legendary City Lights bookstore. Now the man whose A Coney Island of the Mind became a generational classic reveals yet another facet of his manifold talents, presenting here his travel journals, spanning over sixty years. Selected from a vast trove of mostly unpublished, handwritten notebooks, and edited by Giada Diano and Matthew Gleeson, Writing Across the Landscape becomes a transformative work of social, cultural, and literary history. Beginning with Ferlinghetti's account of serving as a commanding officer on a Navy sub-chaser during D-Day, Writing Across the Landscape dramatically traverses the latter half of the twentieth century. For those only familiar with his poetry, these pages present a Lawrence Ferlinghetti never before encountered, an elegant prose stylist and tireless political activist who was warning against the pernicious sins of our ever-expansive corporate culture long before such thoughts ever seeped into mainstream consciousness. Yet first and foremost we see an inquisitive wanderer whose firsthand accounts of people and places are filled with pungent descriptions that animate the landscapes and cultures he encounters. Evoking each journey with a mixture of travelogue and poetry as well as his own hand-drawn sketches, Ferlinghetti adopts the role of an American bard, providing panoramic views of the Cuban Revolution in Havana, 1960, and a trip through Haiti, where voodoo and Catholicism clash in cathedrals "filled with ulcerous children's feet running from Baron Hunger." Reminding us that poverty is not only to be found abroad, Ferlinghetti narrates a Steinbeck-like trip through California's Salton Sea, a sad yet exquisitely melodic odyssey from motel to motel, experiencing the life "between cocktails, between filling stations, between buses, trains, towns, restaurants, movies, highways leading over horizons to another Rest Stop…Sad hope of all their journeys to Nowhere and back in dark Eternity." Particularly memorable is his journey across the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1957, which turns into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which he, lacking a proper visa, is removed from a Japan-bound freighter and forced back across the Russian steppe to Moscow, encountering a countryside more Tolstoy than Khrushchev, while nearly dying in the process. Readers are also treated to glimpses of Ezra Pound, "looking like an old Chinese sage," whom Ferlinghetti espies in Italy, as well as fellow Beat legends Allen Ginsberg and a dyspeptic William S. Burroughs, immured with his cats in a grotto-like apartment in London. Embedded with facsimile manuscript pages and an array of poems, many never before published, Writing Across the Landscape revives an era when political activism coursed through the land and refashions Lawrence Ferlinghetti, not only as a seminal poet but as an historic and singular American voice.

Reading and Writing the Latin American Landscape

The coincidence of the past and the present is not only in the landscape, but it is
also in Lavinia's traits. When the spirit in the tree stops to contemplate Lavinia,
she describes her in terms of her Spanish and indigenous heritage. “Tienes
rasgos ...

Author: B. Rivera-Barnes

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230101906

Category: Social Science

Page: 203

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Spanning the whole of Latin America, including Brazil, from its beginnings in 1492 up to the present time, Rivera-Barnes and Hoeg analyze the relationship between literature and the environment in both literary and testimonial texts, asking questions that contribute to the on-going dialogue between the arts and the sciences.

The Composition of Sense in Gertrude Stein s Landscape Writing

As we will see, this association has significant implications for the new style of
portraiture that results from the landscape writing. In these rather long and
seemingly digressive love poems, Stein examines whether aspects of intimacy
might be ...

Author: Linda Voris

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319320649

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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This book offers a bold critical method for reading Gertrude Stein’s work on its own terms by forgoing conventional explanation and adopting Stein’s radical approach to meaning and knowledge. Inspired by the immanence of landscape, both of Provence where she travelled in the 1920s and the spatial relations of landscape painting, Stein presents a new model of meaning whereby making sense is an activity distributed in a text and across successive texts. From love poetry, to plays and portraiture, Linda Voris offers close readings of Stein’s most anthologized and less known writing in a case study of a new method of interpretation. By practicing Stein’s innovative means of making sense, Voris reveals the excitement of her discoveries and the startling implications for knowledge, identity, and intimacy.

Mapping the Invisible Landscape

Written in an extremely engaging style, this book will lead its readers to an awareness of the vital role that a sense of place plays in the formation of local cultures, to an understanding of the many-layered ways in which place interacts ...

Author: Kent C. Ryden

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1587292084

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 326

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Any landscape has an unseen component: a subjective component of experience, memory, and narrative which people familiar with the place understand to be an integral part of its geography but which outsiders may not suspect the existence of—unless they listen and read carefully. This invisible landscape is make visible though stories, and these stories are the focus of this engrossing book.Traveling across the invisible landscape in which we imaginatively dwell, Kent Ryden—himself a most careful listener and reader—asks the following questions. What categories of meaning do we read into our surroundings? What forms of expression serve as the most reliable maps to understanding those meanings? Our sense of any place, he argues, consists of a deeply ingrained experiential knowledge of its physical makeup; an awareness of its communal and personal history; a sense of our identity as being inextricably bound up with its events and ways of life; and an emotional reaction, positive or negative, to its meanings and memories.Ryden demonstrates that both folk and literary narratives about place bear a striking thematic and stylistic resemblance. Accordingly, Mapping the Invisible Landscape examines both kinds of narratives. For his oral materials, Ryden provides an in-depth analysis of narratives collected in the Coeur d'Alene mining district in the Idaho panhandle; for his consideration of written works, he explores the “essay of place,” the personal essay which takes as its subject a particular place and a writer's relationship to that place.Drawing on methods and materials from geography, folklore, and literature, Mapping the Invisible Landscape offers a broadly interdisciplinary analysis of the way we situate ourselves imaginatively in the landscape, the way we inscribe its surface with stories. Written in an extremely engaging style, this book will lead its readers to an awareness of the vital role that a sense of place plays in the formation of local cultures, to an understanding of the many-layered ways in which place interacts with individual lives, and to renewed appreciation of the places in their own lives and landscapes.

Travel Writing and the Natural World 1768 1840

When Defoe and Pennant, and to some extent Johnson, describe the landscape,
they have little interest in its visual qualities, unlike the touristswho followed them.
Topographical curiosities, suchas the naked 'paps' ofJura, are lessan aesthetic ...

Author: P. Smethurst

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137030368

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

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Taking as a starting point the parallel occurrence of Cook's Pacific voyages, the development of natural history, scenic tourism in Britain, and romantic travel in Europe, this book argues that the effect of these practices was the production of nature as an abstract space and that the genre of travel writing had a central role in reproducing it.

Wordsworth and the Writing of the Nation

This construction of the landscape as amuseum creates what Svetlana
Alpersrefers to as “the museum effect,” the transformation ofall objects into
objects of aesthetic interest. This aestheticizing gaze, sofrequently the subject of
recent ...

Author: Professor James M Garrett

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409474982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Shedding fresh light on Wordsworth's contested relationship with an England that changed dramatically over the course of his career, James Garrett places the poet's lifelong attempt to control his literary representation within the context of national ideas of self-determination represented by the national census, national survey, and national museum. Garrett provides historical background on the origins of these three institutions, which were initiated in Britain near the turn of the nineteenth century, and shows how their development converged with Wordsworth's own as a writer. The result is a new narrative for Wordsworth studies that re-integrates the early, middle, and late periods of the poet's career. Detailed critical discussions of Wordsworth's poetry, including works that are not typically accorded significant attention, force us to reconsider the usual view of Wordsworth as a fading middle-aged poet withdrawing into the hills. Rather, Wordsworth's ceaseless reworking of earlier poems and the flurry of new publications between 1814 and 1820 reveal Wordsworth as an engaged public figure attempting to 'write the nation' and position himself as the nation's poet.

The Writer in the Landscape

Unamuno and Azorín were both influenced by travel writing , and both lamented
the literary deformation of the Spanish landscape by various foreign writers in the
past . Travel is also presented in marked contrast to tourism . Both Unamuno ...

Author: Mary Ruth Strzeszewski


ISBN: UOM:39015063165651

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 151

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The figure of the intellectual emerged in Spain in the second half of the nineteenth century, and Azorn (Jos Martnez Ruiz) and Miguel de Unamuno explored the critical and creative possibilities of this new role in their writings. This comparative study of these authors prose writings on landscape focuses on the literary personae of the artist-intellectual that both Azorn and Unamuno cultivated and on their innovative use of the article form. A liminal space between the referential and poetic world, landscape in their writings becomes a particularly apt medium in which to project and cultivate this new persona. Unamuno and Azorn experimented with representation of the artist-intellectual in early novelistic characters. Strzeszewski analyzes these early incarnations, focusing on their relationship to the landscape and rural society. Unamuno and Azorn also created pre-histories for their intellectual personae in memoirs in which they elaborated on the role that landscape played in their artistic formation. Strzeszewskis analysis of these early self-stagings in novel and memoir also shows how both authors often cast their literary personae as orphans, exploiting both the sentimental and ideological potential of this character. The principal body of the study is dedicated to each authors extension of the narrative of literary self-creation beyond the boundaries of the novel in the flexible, literary form of the article. Strzeszewskis reading of these sui generis writings should contribute to a greater appreciation of their innovative character.

Landscapes of Writing in Chicano Literature

Poetry:Writing. the. Feminine. into. the. Landscape. Elyette. Benjamin-Labarthe.
Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 ... border fauna and flora of traditional Mexican
landscapes, be they desert plants, brush cacti, flowers, fruits, skeletal tree trunks,

Author: I. Martín-Junquera

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137353450

Category: Social Science

Page: 233

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Adding nuance to a global debate, esteemed scholars from Europe and North and Latin America portray the attempts in Chicano literature to provide answers to the environmental crisis. Diverse ecocritical perspectives add new meaning to the novels, short stories, drama, poetry, films, and documentaries analyzed in this timely and engaged collection.

Inscribed Landscapes

This anthology is the only comprehensive collection in English of Chinese travel writing from the first century A.D. through the nineteenth.


Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520914864

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 489

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Alongside the scores of travel books about China written by foreign visitors, Chinese travelers' impressions of their own country rarely appear in translation. This anthology is the only comprehensive collection in English of Chinese travel writing from the first century A.D. through the nineteenth. Early examples of the genre describe sites important for their geography, history, and role in cultural mythology, but by the T'ang dynasty in the mid-eighth century certain historiographical and poetic discourses converged to form the "travel account" (yu-chi) and later the "travel diary" (jih-chi) as vehicles of personal expression and autobiography. These first-person narratives provide rich material for understanding the attitudes of Chinese literati toward place, nature, politics, and the self. The anthology is abundantly illustrated with paintings, portraits, maps, and drawings. Each selection is meticulously translated, carefully annotated, and prefaced by a brief description of the writer's life and work. The entire collection is introduced by an in-depth survey of the rise of Chinese travel writing as a cultural phenomenon. Inscribed Landscapes provides a unique resource for travelers as well as for scholars of Chinese literature, art, and history.

This Vast Book of Nature

This Vast Book of Nature is a careful, engaging, accessible, and wide-ranging account of the ways in which the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire---and, by implication, other wild places---have been written into being by different ...

Author: Pavel Cenkl

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587297144

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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This Vast Book of Nature is a careful, engaging, accessible, and wide-ranging account of the ways in which the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire---and, by implication, other wild places---have been written into being by different visitors, residents, and developers from the post-Revolutionary era to the days of high tourism at the beginning of the twentieth century. Drawing on tourist brochures, travel accounts, pictorial representations, fiction and poetry, local histories, journals, and newspapers, Pavel Cenkl gauges how Americans have arranged space for political and economic purposes and identified it as having value beyond the economic. Starting with an exploration of Jeremy Belknap’s 1784 expedition to Mount Washington, which Cenkl links to the origins of tourism in the White Mountains, to the transformation of touristic and residential relationships to landscape, This Vast Book of Nature explores the ways competing visions of the landscape have transformed the White Mountains culturally and physically, through settlement, development, and---most recently---preservation, a process that continues today.

Writing Centers in the Higher Education Landscape of the Arabian Gulf

CHAPTER 6 The History of Writing Centres in Kuwait: A Critical Perspective Salih
Abdullah and Inan Deniz Erguvan INTRODUCTION The purpose of a writing
centre (WC) is to grant students the opportunity to get assistance with their writing

Author: Osman Z. Barnawi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319553665

Category: Education

Page: 259

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This book addresses issues surrounding writing centers in the Arabian Gulf region. Including a foreword by Professor Ken Hyland, it brings together a number of thought-provoking chapters on the history, concept, and ground realities coupled with critical comparative discussions of writing centres in the region. The book begins by offering critical historical accounts of writing centers in the Gulf countries, before moving onto empirical research and reports on pedagogical practices that vividly capture the on-the-ground realities faced and experienced by different actors. These accounts serve to highlight how the writing centers vary between countries, as well as how they differ from the more well-known writing centers in the US and the UK. Finally, the book explores what sort of commonalities and differences the current trend of writing centres is producing within and between the six countries of the Arabian Gulf. This book will be highly relevant to those involved with writing centres along with directors, policymakers, researchers and teacher educators in the fields of Education and Sociology, particularly those with an interest in the Arabian Gulf area.

Reading the Landscape

UQP celebrates 70 years of publishing the best Australian writing with a unique anthology that showcases the diversity of the Australian literary landscape.

Author: Bernadette Brennan

Publisher: University of Queensland Press(Australia)

ISBN: 0702260088

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

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Featuring 25 of the greatest Australian writing names from UQP's past and present, this unique publishing project will showcase specially commissioned fiction, non-fiction and poetry by Australia's finest writers on themes such as legacy, country, vision and hope. Participating authors include- - Ali Alizadeh - Venero Armanno - Larissa Behrendt - Lily Brett - Gabrielle Carey - Peter Carey - Matthew Condon - David Brooks - Karen Foxlee - KBri GYslason - Rodney Hall - Steven Herrick - Sarah Holland-Batt - Nicholas Jose - Mireille Juchau - Julie Koh - Melissa Lucashenko - Patti Miller - David Malouf - James Moloney - Jaya Savige - Josephine Rowe - Peter Skrzynecki - Samuel Wagan Watson - Ellen van Neerven

The Making of the British Landscape

If one examined it closely one could 'read' or detect evidence for earlier
landscapes that had subsequently been replaced or adapted. This approach has
been likened to a palimpsest, faint traces of original writing visible in parchment
that has ...

Author: Francis Pryor

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141943367

Category: History

Page: 832

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This is the changing story of Britain as it has been preserved in our fields, roads, buildings, towns and villages, mountains, forests and islands. From our suburban streets that still trace out the boundaries of long vanished farms to the Norfolk Broads, formed when medieval peat pits flooded, from the ceremonial landscapes of Stonehenge to the spread of the railways - evidence of how man's effect on Britain is everywhere. In The Making of the British Landscape, eminent historian, archaeologist and farmer, Francis Pryor explains how to read these clues to understand the fascinating history of our land and of how people have lived on it throughout time. Covering both the urban and rural and packed with pictures, maps and drawings showing everything from how we can still pick out Bronze Age fields on Bodmin Moor to how the Industrial Revolution really changed our landscape, this book makes us look afresh at our surroundings and really see them for the first time.

Calligraphy Writing Paper Notebook

Practice makes perfect using this calligraphy paper notebook. Cover art depicts the barren terrain of trees ruined by war.

Author: Journals Notebooks

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1718716419


Page: 200

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Practice makes perfect using this calligraphy paper notebook. Cover art depicts the barren terrain of trees ruined by war.

Writing in the San d

... art on immovable rocks in the landscape. They mark places that have
significance in ritual (rainmaking, initiation) or folklore (anthropomorphisation of
landscape features) and thereby give added meaning to the landscape. (Deacon
1994) ...

Author: Keyan G. Tomaselli

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759113831

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

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Writing in the San/d details experiences and encounters with First People's ('Bushmen') living in the Kalahari Desert (Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa) (1995-2004), and a Khoi (1984) community in the eastern Cape, South Africa.

Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics 1716 1818

CHAPTER 3 Landscape aesthetics and the paradox of the female picturesque
The verdure of the flower-motleyed ... The scenic tour peaked in the 1790s and
the first decade of the nineteenth century as a practice and a genre of writing.

Author: Elizabeth A. Bohls

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521474582

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 309

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This study re-examines the genre of Romantic travel writing through the perspective of women writers.

Landscape With Figures

T W O Landscape with Figures Lana' 2'9” Tradition in Ameriean Natnre Writing 35
% occasionally wonder about what shape American environmental writing and
ecocriticism would have taken if Henry Thoreau had decided that, on the whole, ...

Author: Kent C. Ryden

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587294068

Category: Nature

Page: 342

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Kent Ryden does not deny that the natural landscape of New England is shaped by many centuries of human manipulation, but he also takes the view that nature is everywhere, close to home as well as in more remote wilderness, in the city and in the countryside. InLandscape with Figures he dissolves the border between culture and nature to merge ideas about nature, experiences in nature, and material alterations of nature. Ryden takes his readers from the printed page directly to the field and back again-. He often bypasses books and goes to the trees from which they are made and the landscapes they evoke, then returns with a renewed appreciation for just what an interdisciplinary, historically informed approach can bring to our understanding of the natural world. By exploring McPhee's The Pine Barrens and Ehrlich's The Solace of Open Spaces, the coastal fiction of New England, surveying and Thoreau's The Maine Woods,Maine's abandoned Cumberland and Oxford Canal, and the natural bases for New England's historical identity, Ryden demonstrates again and again that nature and history are kaleidoscopically linked.

Writing and the Writer

And you cannot observe the landscape with the same eyes on a return visit. To
reflect upon a book after it is written is not the same as contemplating the writing
while it is being done. The vantage points are different. But I saw my publisher's ...

Author: Frank Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136690136

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Exploring the relationship between the writer and what he/she happens to be writing, this text by one of the foremost scholars in the field of literacy and cognition is a unique and original examination of writing--as a craft and as a cognitive activity. The book is concerned with the physical activity of writing, the way the nervous system recruits the muscles to move the pen or manipulate the typewriter. It considers the necessary disciplines of writing, such as knowledge of the conventions of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. In particular, there is a concern with how the skills underlying all these aspects of writing are learned and orchestrated. This second edition includes many new insights from the author's significant experience and from recent research, providing a framework for thinking about the act of writing in both theoretical and practical ways. A completely new chapter on computers and writing is included, as well as more about the role of reading in learning to write, about learning to write at all ages, and about such controversial issues as whether and how genre theory should be taught. Written in nontechnical language, this text will continue to be accessible and stimulating to a wide range of readers concerned with writing, literacy, thinking, and education. Furthermore, it has an educational orientation, therefore proving relevant and useful to anyone who teaches about writing or endeavors to teach writing.

Key Issues in Creative Writing

How important is the understanding of creative writing's history to its practice and
development? ... In 'Teaching Toward the Future', Vanderslice considers for her '
writers in the digital landscape', common objectives related to 'digital ...

Author: Dianne Donnelly

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781847698490

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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Key Issues in Creative Writing explores a range of important issues that inform the practice and understanding of creative writing. The collection considers creative writing learning and teaching as well as creative writing research. Contributors target debates that arise because of the nature of creative writing. These experts – from the UK, USA and Australia – specifically examine creative writing as a subject in universities and colleges and discuss both the creative knowledge and the critical understanding informing the subject and its future. Finally, this volume suggests ways in which addressing current issues will produce significant disciplinary knowledge that will contribute to the success of creative writing in current and future academic environments.

AJi an Literati and the Local in Song Yuan Ming China

YUAN JIZHOU Writing about temples allowed Southern Song and Yuan literati
from Jizhou to imagine local landscapes within which they belonged and had ...

Author: Anne Gerritsen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004156036

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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Drawing on largely local sources, including local gazetteers and literati inscriptions for religious sites, this book offers a comprehensive examination of what it means to be 'local' during the Southern Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties in Ji'an prefecture (Jiangxi). It argues that 'belonging locally' was important to Ji'an literati throughout this period. How they achieved that, however, changed significantly. Southern Song and Yuan literati wrote about religious sites from within their local communities, but their early Ming counterparts wrote about local temples from their posts at the capital, seeking to transform local sites from a distance. By the late Ming, temples had been superseded by other sites of local activism, including community compacts, lineage prefaces, and community covenants.