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Peak Experiences
Peak Experiences

Walking Meditations on Literature, Nature, and Need

Marshall, Ian

Nature’s ability to satisfy deep human needs is familiar to anyone who has hiked up a mountain, canoed a river, or hung a bird feeder outside the kitchen window. In Story Line...


The Wild Within
The Wild Within

Histories of a Landmark British Zoo

Flack, Andrew

Established in 1836, the Bristol Zoo is the world’s oldest surviving zoo outside of a capital city and has frequently been at the vanguard of zoo innovation. In The Wild...


The Maximum of Wilderness
The Maximum of Wilderness

The Jungle in the American Imagination

Enright, Kelly

Danger in the Congo! The unexplored Amazon! Long perceived as a place of mystery and danger, and more recently as a fragile system requiring our protection, the...


Earth Works
Earth Works

Readings for Backyard Gardeners

Hugo, Nancy Ross

In Earth Works, award-winning columnist Nancy R. Hugo presents a month-by-month, season-by-season exploration of the pleasures and pains of gardening in the mid-Atlantic....


Beastly Natures
Beastly Natures

Animals, Humans, and the Study of History

Brantz, Dorothee

Although the animal may be, as Nietzsche argued, ahistorical, living completely in the present, it nonetheless plays a crucial role in human history. The fascination with...


The Sky of Our Manufacture
The Sky of Our Manufacture

The London Fog in British Fiction from Dickens to Woolf

Taylor, Jesse Oak

The smoke-laden fog of London is one of the most vivid elements in English literature, richly suggestive and blurring boundaries between nature and society in compelling ways....


Shorewords
Shorewords

A Collection of American Women's Coastal Writings

Rosen, Susan A. C.

Emily Dickinson, Lucille Clifton, Rachel Carson, and Gretel Ehrlich: They hail from different regions, employ widely divergent writing styles, and are not known primarily as...


City Trees
City Trees

A Historical Geography from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century

Lawrence, Henry W.

For those who have ever wondered why we have trees in cities or what makes the layout of cities like Paris and Amsterdam seem so memorable, City Trees: A Historical...


Framing the World
Framing the World

Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film

Willoquet-Maricondi, Paula

The essays in this collection make a contribution to the greening of film studies and expand the scope of ecocriticism as a discipline traditionally rooted in literary studies...


The Barking Tree Frog and Other Curious Tales
The Barking Tree Frog and Other Curious Tales
Tennant, Diane Casto

Here’s something that doesn’t happen every millennium: Roughly 35 million years ago, a stray meteorite dropped out of the sky over Virginia and left an impact that helped shape...


Magnificent Decay
Magnificent Decay

Melville and Ecology

Nurmi, Tom

What is Melville beyond the whale? Long celebrated for his stories of the sea, Melville was also fascinated by the interrelations between living species and planetary systems,...


The Significance of Territory
Gottman, Jean

Over her thirty-year study of the concept of territory, Jean Gottmann has seen its significance evolve in a wide variety of ways throughout the world. Factors that influence...


William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship
William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship

The Roots of Environmentalism in Nineteenth-Century Culture

Hess, Scott

In William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship, Scott Hess explores Wordsworth’s defining role in establishing what he designates as "the ecology of authorship": a...


New Woman Ecologies
New Woman Ecologies

From Arts and Crafts to the Great War and Beyond

Carroll, Alicia

A transatlantic phenomenon of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the "New Woman" broke away from many of the constraints of the Victorian era to enjoy a greater...


His and Hers
His and Hers

Gender, Consumption, and Technology

Horowitz, Roger, Mohun, Arwen

The pathbreaking essays in this collection explore the history of consumption by synthesizing discrete historical literatures on consumer culture, gender, and the history of...


Mary Austin's Regionalism
Mary Austin's Regionalism

Reflections on Gender, Genre, and Geography

Schaefer, Heike

Best known for The Land of Little Rain, a collection of natural-history essays about the California deserts, the Western writer Mary Austin (1868–1934) was a prolific literary...


What's Bugging You?
What's Bugging You?

A Fond Look at the Animals We Love to Hate

Evans, Arthur V.

We are told from the time we are children that insects and spiders are pests, when the truth is that most have little or no effect on us--although the few that do are often...


Foreign Trends in American Gardens
Foreign Trends in American Gardens

A History of Exchange, Adaptation, and Reception

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella

Foreign Trends in American Gardens addresses the influence of foreign, designed landscapes on the development of their American counterparts. Including essays from an...


Topographies of the Sacred
Topographies of the Sacred

The Poetics of Place in European Romanticism

Rigby, Kate

Although the British romantic poets—notably, Blake, Wordsworth, and Byron—have been the subjects of previous ecocritical examinations, Kate Rigby’s Topographies of the Sacred...


Refiguring the Map of Sorrow
Refiguring the Map of Sorrow

Nature Writing and Autobiography

Allister, Mark

Recent decades have witnessed an explosion of interest in both autobiography and environmental literature. In Refiguring the Map of Sorrow, Mark Allister brings these two...


Narrating the Mesh
Narrating the Mesh

Form and Story in the Anthropocene

Caracciolo, Marco

A hierarchical model of human societies’ relations with the natural world is at the root of today’s climate crisis; Narrating the Mesh contends that narrative form is...


Postcolonial Green
Postcolonial Green

Environmental Politics and World Narratives

Roos, Bonnie, Hunt, Alex

Postcolonial Green brings together scholarship bridging ecocriticism and postcolonialism. Since its inception, ecocriticism has been accused of being inattentive to the...


Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island National Seashore

A History of Conservation Conflict

Dilsaver, Lary M.

Located off the coast of Georgia, Cumberland Island was once the retreat of some of America’s wealthiest families, most notably the family of Thomas Carnegie, brother of steel...


The Camaro in the Pasture
The Camaro in the Pasture

Speculations on the Cultural Landscape of America

Riley, Robert B.

Robert Riley has been a renowned figure in landscape studies for over fifty years, valued for his perceptive, learned, and highly entertaining articles, reviews, and essays....


Beyond Nature Writing
Beyond Nature Writing

Expanding the Boundaries of Ecocriticism

Armbruster, Karla M., Wallace, Kathleen R.

Ecocriticism, a field of study that has expanded dramatically over the past decade, has nevertheless remained—until recently—closely focused on critical analyses of nature...


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