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The environmental imagination : Thoreau, nature writing, and the formation of American culture

Author: Lawrence Buell
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd printView all editions and formats
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With Thoreau's Walden as a touchstone, Buell offers an account of environmental perception, the place of nature in the history of Western thought, and the consequences for literary scholarship of  Read more...

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Named Person: Henry David Thoreau; Henry David Thoreau
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Buell
ISBN: 0674258614 9780674258617 0674258622 9780674258624
OCLC Number: 749493860
Description: 586 s. : il. ; 24 cm
Contents: Abbreviations Introduction PART 1: Historical and Theoretical Contexts 1. Pastoral Ideology 2. New World Dreams and Environmental Actualities 3. Representing the Environment 4. Walden's Environmental Projects PART 2: Forms of Literary Ecocentrism 5. The Aesthetics of Relinquishment 6. Nature's Personhood 7. Nature's Face, Mind's Eye: Realizing the Seasons 8. Place 9. Environmental Apocalypticism PART 3: Environmental Sainthood 10. The Thoreauvian Pilgrimage 11. The Canonization and Recanonization of the Green Thoreau 12. Text as Testament: Reading Walden for the Author Appendix Nature's Genres: Environmental Nonfiction at the Time of Thoreau's Emergence Notes Acknowledgments Index
Responsibility: Lawrence Buell.

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Literature generally defines itself as that realm of higher culture freed from both the sloppy nostalgia of nature lovers and the fact-bound objectivity of science. The resulting paradox gives Read more...

 
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