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The Rise of American Ecoliterature
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Humanities. Engelska.
2007 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 41-58Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article sketches a brief overview of the American nature-writing tradition, with reference to Thomas Lyon’s useful taxonomy of nature writing, offering an updated contextualization of this tradition that takes into account the emergence of modern environmentalism in American culture. Ecoliterature can be understood to encompass not only ideologically driven works of literary environmentalism, but also strains of recent nature writing that in one way or another serve to foreground the non-human environing world and may even explore conceptualizations of nature and culture (especially the nature-culture interface) anywhere along a moderate-to-radical continuum of engagement in environmental ethics or applied principles of ecology. The rise of ecoliterature in late 20th century American letters is also discussed in relation to an emergent tradition of environmental literary criticism, or ecocriticism, as it has come to be more widely known. The article briefly surveys some of the contested territories brought to the fore by these cultural and literary developments, while also sampling some salient features of these kindred discourses by offering an illustrative ecocritical reading of model ecoliterary texts.

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Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS), Oslo, Norway , 2007. Vol. 39, no 2, p. 41-58
Keywords [en]
American literature – environmental criticism/ecocriticism – environmental literature/ecoliterature – environmental ethics – literary environmentalism – nature writing – pastoral literature – Edward Abbey – Aldo Leopold – Wallace Stegner – Henry David Thoreau
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General Literature Studies
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Humanities, English literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-2929OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-2929DiVA, id: diva2:202885
Available from: 2007-12-25 Created: 2007-12-25 Last updated: 2010-03-09Bibliographically approved

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