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Visions of the Land
Visions of the Land

Science, Literature, and the American Environment from the Era of Exploration to the Age of Ecology

Bryson, Michael A.

The work of John Charles Fremont, Richard Byrd, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, John Wesley Powell, Susan Cooper, Rachel Carson, and Loren Eiseley represents a widely divergent body...


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...


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...


Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa
Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa

From Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh

Elder, John

"Set aside your Bella Tuscanys and Year in Provences for a different kind of travel book. Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa puts a walking stick in your hand and...


Daybooks of Discovery
Daybooks of Discovery

Nature Diaries in Britain, 1770–1870

Bellanca, Mary Ellen

Rooted in a thriving culture of amateur natural history, the keeping of nature journals and diaries flourished in late-eighteenth-and early-nineteenth-century Britain. As...


Of Land, Bones, and Money
Of Land, Bones, and Money

Toward a South African Ecopoetics

McGiffin, Emily

The South African literature of iimbongi, the oral poets of the amaXhosa people, has long shaped understandings of landscape and history and offered a forum for grappling with...


Dancing with Disaster
Dancing with Disaster

Environmental Histories, Narratives, and Ethics for Perilous Times

Rigby, Kate

The calamitous impacts of climate change that are beginning to be felt around the world today expose the inextricability of human and natural histories. Arguing for a more...


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...


Shakespeare's Ocean
Shakespeare's Ocean

An Ecocritical Exploration

Brayton, Dan

Study of the sea--both in terms of human interaction with it and its literary representation--has been largely ignored by ecocritics. In Shakespeare’s Ocean, Dan Brayton...


Farther Afield in the Study of Nature-Oriented Literature
Farther Afield in the Study of Nature-Oriented Literature
Murphy, Patrick D.

In the 1990s, the emerging field of ecocriticism—nature-sensitive literary studies—began to establish and define itself. Arguing that the field has matured to the point where...


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...


Eco-Man
Eco-Man

New Perspectives on Masculinity and Nature

Allister, Mark

The paradoxical role nature plays in American myth and history grows in part from the male’s reverent fascination with the wilderness and his equally strong impulse to dominate...


Back from the Far Field
Back from the Far Field

American Nature Poetry in the Late Twentieth Century

Quetchenbach, Bernard W.

Many poets writing after World War II have found the individual focus of contemporary poetics poorly suited to making statements directed at public issues and public ethics....


Unsettling Nature
Unsettling Nature

Ecology, Phenomenology, and the Settler Colonial Imagination

Eggan, Taylor

The German poet and mystic Novalis once identified philosophy as a form of homesickness. More than two centuries later, as modernity’s displacements continue to intensify, we...


Eden's Endemics
Eden's Endemics

Narratives of Biodiversity on Earth and Beyond

Callaway, Elizabeth

In the past thirty years biodiversity has become one of the central organizing principles through which we understand the nonhuman environment. Its deceptively simple...


Different Shades of Green
Different Shades of Green

African Literature, Environmental Justice, and Political Ecology

Caminero-Santangelo, Byron

Engaging important discussions about social conflict, environmental change, and imperialism in Africa, Different Shades of Green points to legacies of African...


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,...


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...


Novel Cultivations
Novel Cultivations

Plants in British Literature of the Global Nineteenth Century

Chang, Elizabeth Hope

Shortlisted for the Best Book Prize from the British Society of Literature and Science

Nineteenth-century English nature was a place of experimentation,...


Out of the Shadow
Out of the Shadow

Ecopsychology, Story, and Encounters with the Land

West, Rinda

In western culture, the separation of humans from nature has contributed to a schism between the conscious reason and the unconscious dreaming psyche, or internal human "nature...


"The Best Read Naturalist"
"The Best Read Naturalist"

Nature Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Branch, Michael P., Mohs, Clinton

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most important figures in American nature writing, yet until now readers have had no book devoted to this central theme in his work. "The...


Lines on the Land
Lines on the Land

Writers, Art, and the National Parks

Herring, Scott

The nineteenth-century photographer William Henry Jackson once complained of the skepticism with which early descriptions of Yellowstone were met: the place was too wondrous to...


The Best and Worst Country in the World
The Best and Worst Country in the World

Perspectives on the Early Virginia Landscape

Adams, Stephen

From its earliest days, the Virginia landscape has elicited dramatically contradictory descriptions. The sixteenth-century poet Michael Drayton exalted the land as "earth's...


Anthropocene Fictions
Anthropocene Fictions

The Novel in a Time of Climate Change

Trexler, Adam

Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have transformed the Earth’s atmosphere, committing our planet to more extreme weather, rising sea levels, melting polar ice caps, and...


Reclaiming Nostalgia
Reclaiming Nostalgia

Longing for Nature in American Literature

Ladino, Jennifer K.

Often thought of as the quintessential home or the Eden from which humanity has fallen, the natural world has long been a popular object of nostalgic narratives. In ...


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