Thoreaus Sense of Place: Essays in American Environmental Writing (American Land & Life)

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Schneider Wartburg College groups the essays in four relevant categories: epistemological concerns linking transcendentalism and science, rhetorical strategies used by Thoreau, issues of social construction in the 19th century, and the act of writing as appropriation versus preservation.

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This is a challenging and insightful set of essays. Each contribution enlarges the reader's understanding of Thoreau and of the "green" movement in US writing.


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The essays frequently echo each other and occasionally overlap in theme or idea, so that one gains a more complete sense of the subject than one normally does from reading a collection. This latest volume in the excellent "American Land and Life Series," which focuses on literary and historical aspects of the life, culture, and people of the changing US countryside, belongs in all libraries serving upper-division undergraduates and above.

Ferlazzo; Northern Arizona University. This unique, scholarly collection of essays painstakingly examines the writing of Thoreau, comparing him with other environmental writers and stressing literary scholarship within environmental studies. In this lofty collection of essays edited by Schneider English, Wartburg Coll.

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The collection emphasizes four distinct themes on place: relating, imagining, socially constructing, and saving. It compares Thoreau! Fascinating discourses compare the poetry of Wendell Berry as well as the paintings of the first generation of the Hudson River School of landscape painters. Recommended for academic libraries. No redistribution permitted. Log In. My Account. Remember to clear the cache and close the browser window. Search For:. Advanced Search.

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Series: American land and life series. Each contribution enlarges the reader's understanding of Thoreau and the "green" movement in US writing. Ferlazzo, Choice Magazine. Recent Thoreau studies have shifted to an emphasis on the green" Thoreau, on Thoreau the environmentalist, rooted firmly in particular places and interacting with particular objects.

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. Schneider Ted Olson James A. Papa, Jr.

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