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Ryden, Kent C. 1959-

Overview
Works: 6 works in 35 publications in 1 language and 5,176 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author
Classifications: GF91.U6, 304.23
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kent C Ryden
Mapping the invisible landscape : folklore, writing, and the sense of place by Kent C Ryden( )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Landscape with figures : nature and culture in New England by Kent C Ryden( )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 1,680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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?
Sum of the parts : the mathematics and politics of region, place, and writing by Kent C Ryden( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proponents of the new regional history understand that regional identities are constructed and contested, that they involve questions of dominance and power, and that their nature is inherently political. In this lively new book, writing in the spirit of these understandings, Kent Ryden engagingly examines works of American regional writing to show us how literary partisans of place create and recreate, attack and defend, argue over and dramatize the meaning and identity of their regions in the pages of their books. Cleverly drawing upon mathematical models that complement his ideas and focusing on both classic and contemporary literary regionalists, Ryden demonstrates that regionalism, in the cultural sense, retains a great deal of power as a framework for literary interpretation. For New England he examines such writers as Robert Frost and Hayden Carruth, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Edith Wharton, and Carolyn Chute and Russell Banks to demonstrate that today's regionalists inspire closer, more democratic readings of life and landscape. For the West and South, he describes Wallace Stegner's and William Faulkner's use of region to, respectively, exclude and evade or confront and indict. For the Midwest, he focuses on C.J. Hribal, William Least Heat-Moon, Paul Gruchow, and others to demonstrate that midwesterners continually construct the past anew from the materials at hand, filling the seemingly empty midlands with history and significance. Ryden reveals that there are many Wests, many New Englands, many Souths, and many Midwests, all raising similar issues about the cultural politics of region and place. Writing with appealing freshness and a sense of adventure, he shows us that place, and the stories that emerge from and define place, can be a source of subversive energy that blunts the homogenizing force of region, inscribing marginal places and people back onto the imaginative surface of the landscape when we read it on a place-by-place, landscape-by-landscape, book-by-book basis. -- Publisher Description
Grant Wood's Main Street : art, literature and the American Midwest by Lea Rosson DeLong( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bibliographic Menagerie: Notes toward an Ecocritical Print Culture Studies( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mapping the Invisible Landscape: Folklore, Writing, and the Sense of Place (American land and life series) by Kent C Ryden( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Mapping the invisible landscape : folklore, writing, and the sense of place
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Landscape with figures : nature and culture in New EnglandSum of the parts : the mathematics and politics of region, place, and writing
Languages
English (35)