Critical Insights: Nature & the Environment

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Scott Slovic, University of Nevada, Reno
October 2012 · 1 volume · 368 pages · 6"x9"

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# of Pages: 368
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Great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

As far back as the ancient Greece, nature has inspired countless poets, novelists, and playwrights with its beauty and power. From the early pastoralism of the Greeks, to the brute realism of the naturalists, to the environmental concerns of contemporary writers, it has proved to be a perennial theme that can be viewed in a multitude of ways. Alternately a solace from modern life, an inhuman force, and a fragile ecosystem in need of protection, nature and the environment have appeared in a variety of guises in literature from around the world. "

Edited by Scott Slovic, Professor of Literature and Environment at the University of Idaho, this volume in the Critical Insights series addresses the themes of nature and the environment in literature through a diverse set of texts and through multiple methodologies. For readers who are studying the themes for the first time, a four essays survey the critical conversation regarding the theme, explore its cultural and historical contexts, and offer close and comparative readings of key texts containing the theme. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the themes can then move on to other essays that explore them in depth through a variety of critical approaches. Classic works discussed include Walden, Call of the Wild, O Pioneers!, The Old Man and the Sea, and selections from the poetry of William Wordsworth, while contemporary works include …and the earth did not devour him, Desert Solitaire, Prodigal Summer. Among the contributors are Robert Bernard Hass, Richard J. Schneider, Ashton Nichols, Brian Railsback, Priscilla Leder, and Barbara J. Cook. "

Rounding out the volume are a list of literary works not mentioned in the book that concern the themes of nature and the environment as well as a bibliography of critical sources for readers seeking to study these timeless themes in greater depth.