Thoreaus Sense of Place

Thoreaus Sense of Place

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Recent Thoreau studies have shifted to an emphasis on the greenq Thoreau, on Thoreau the environmentalist, rooted firmly in particular places and interacting with particular objects. In the wake of Buell's Environmental Imagination, the nineteen essayists in this challenging volume address the central questions in Thoreau studies today: how a€œgreen, a€ how immersed in a sense of place, was Thoreau really, and how has this sense of place affected the tradition of nature writing in America? The contributors to this stimulating collection address the ways in which Thoreau and his successors attempt to cope with the basic epistemological split between perceiver and place inherent in writing about nature; related discussions involve the kinds of discourse most effective for writing about place. They focus on the impact on Thoreau and his successors of culturally constructed assumptions deriving from science, politics, race, gender, history, and literary conventions. Finally, they explore the implications surrounding a writer's appropriation or even exploitation of places and objects.This is a challenging and insightful set of essays.

Title:Thoreaus Sense of Place
Author:Richard J. Schneider
Publisher:University of Iowa Press - 2000-05-01


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