Literature Nature and Other

Literature  Nature  and Other
Author: Patrick D. Murphy
Publsiher: State University of New York Press
Total Pages: 236
Release: 1995-02-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781438413990

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The book first establishes a theoretical framework for conceptualizing environmental analysis. It then develops a conception of environmental literature with an emphasis on works by women, arguing for the need to reconceptualize woman/nature and nature/culture associations, and critiquing the problems of male poetic sex-typing of the planet. Murphy also elaborates on specific works and authors, with an emphasis on literary texts by Hampl, Harjo, Snyder, and Le Guin. Additionally, he treats issues of canon and pedagogy, as well as the possibility of agency in a postmodern era. Ranging across diverse fields and incorporating cultural studies, post-structuralist literary theory, and ecofeminist philosophy, Literature, Nature, and Other both defines and critiques the current terrains of literary ecocriticism and nature writing/environmental literature. Literary examples are drawn from fiction, poetry, and prose, including postmodern metanarratives and works by Native Americans and Chicanas.

Literature of Nature

Literature of Nature
Author: Patrick D. Murphy,Terry Gifford,Katsunori Yamazato
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 520
Release: 1998
Genre: Nature in literature
ISBN: 1579580106

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Sixty-five contributions discuss historical and contemporary nature writing--nonfiction, fiction, and poetry--in the US and Canada; Europe; Asia and the Pacific; Africa and Arab nations; and Latin America. An additional section considers the literature thematically and cross-culturally. Sample topics include the mountain in 20th- century French literature, woman and the land in the Romanian agrarian novel, war and environment in African literature, and science fiction as environmental literature. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Nature in Literary and Cultural Studies

Nature in Literary and Cultural Studies
Author: Catrin Gersdorf,Sylvia Mayer
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 490
Release: 2006
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9789042020962

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Nature in Literary and Cultural Studies is a collection of essays written by European and North American scholars who argue that nature and culture can no longer be thought of in oppositional, mutually exclusive terms. They are united in an effort to push the theoretical limits of ecocriticism towards a more rigorous investigation of nature's critical potential as a concept that challenges modern culture's philosophical assumptions, epistemological convictions, aesthetic principles, and ethical imperatives. This volume offers scholars and students of literature, culture, history, philosophy, and linguistics new insights into the ongoing transformation of ecocriticism into an innovative force in international and interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies.

Literature and Nature

Literature and Nature
Author: Bridget Keegan,James C. McKusick
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1250
Release: 2001
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: STANFORD:36105028631351

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Literature and Nature exposes students to the tremendous diversity of literacy responses to the physical environment. The selections cover four centuries of the best nature writing produced in Britain and America from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. The book includes contributions by writers from all walks of life - men and women of different races, classes and nationalities, each of whom adds a unique perspective to our understanding of the literary representation of the natural world. Contents include a variety of literary forms, including poems, short stories, non-fiction essays, travel narratives, and excerpts from novels. These varied selections reveal how concern for the environment cuts across differences of gender, social class, education, religion, race, and ethnicity. Literature and Nature provides a wide range of texts, from both well-known and less-familiar writers, and it offers students a broad base of knowledge from which to reflect and respond.

Caribbean Literature and the Environment

Caribbean Literature and the Environment
Author: Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey,Renée K. Gosson,George B. Handley
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2005
Genre: Caribbean literature
ISBN: 0813923727

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Examines the literatures of the Caribbean from an ecocritical perspective in all language areas of the region. This book explores the ways in which the history of transplantation and settlement has provided unique challenges and opportunities for establishing a sense of place and an environmental ethic in the Caribbean.

Feminist Ecocriticism

Feminist Ecocriticism
Author: Douglas A. Vakoch
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 170
Release: 2012
Genre: American literature
ISBN: 9780739176825

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After uncovering the oppressive dichotomies of male/female and nature/culture that underlie contemporary environmental problems, Feminist Ecocriticism focuses specifically on emancipatory strategies employed by ecofeminist literary critics as antidotes, asking what our lives might be like as those strategies become increasingly successful in overcoming oppression. Thus, ecofeminism is not limited to the critique of literature, but also helps identify and articulate liberatory ideals that can be actualized in the real world, in the process transforming everyday life. Providing an alternative to rugged individualism, for example, ecofeminist literature promotes a more fulfilling sense of interrelationship with both community and the land. In the process of exploring literature from ecofeminist perspectives, the book reveals strategies of emancipation that have already begun to give rise to more hopeful ecological narratives.

Farther Afield in the Study of Nature oriented Literature

Farther Afield in the Study of Nature oriented Literature
Author: Patrick D. Murphy
Publsiher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2000
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0813919053

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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 it requires a thorough critique and new theoretical underpinnings, Patrick D. Murphy suggests a variety of ways ecocriticism can become more inclusive in its objects of study and more sophisticated in its methodologies. According to Murphy, ecocriticism in the United States has been too narrowly associated with the study of nonfiction. To broaden the field's purview, he proposes a new taxonomy that draws an important distinction between nature writing—a nonfiction essay form descended from Henry David Thoreau—nature literature, which includes fiction and poetry, and environmental literature, which is inspired by and concerned with a threatened natural world. He also urges ecocritics to expand their study to international literature, and he proceeds to survey nature-oriented prose from Central America, the Caribbean, southern Africa, Spain, and Japan. On a theoretical level, Murphy addresses the relationship of ecofeminism to postmodernism and provides interpretations of contemporary American multicultural and women's literature, including works by Gary Snyder, Simon Ortiz, Jane Brox, Pat Mora, Lori Anderson, Nora Naranjo-Morse, Sallie Tisdale, and Terry Tempest Williams. Applying his theories of ecocritical analysis to underappreciated or unknown literature, especially fiction and poetry by American women writers of color, Murphy introduces his fellow critics to authors ripe for ecocritical analysis. Murphy's wide-ranging book will no doubt serve as a watershed in the development of ecocriticism.

Nature Technology and Cultural Change in Twentieth Century German Literature

Nature  Technology and Cultural Change in Twentieth Century German Literature
Author: A. Goodbody
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2007-10-24
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9780230589629

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This book traces shifting attitudes towards science and technology, nature and the environment in Twentieth-century Germany. It approaches them through discussion of a range of literary texts and explores the philosophical influences on them and their political contexts, and asks what part novels and plays have played in environmental debate.