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Thoreaus Sense of Place: Essays in American Environmental Writing
edited by Richard J. Schneider
foreword by Lawrence Buell
University of Iowa Press, 2000
eISBN: 978-1-58729-311-5 | Cloth: 978-0-87745-708-4 | Paper: 978-0-87745-720-6
Library of Congress Classification PS3057.N3T46 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 818.309

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
 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. In the wake of Buell's Environmental Imagination, the nineteen essayists in this challenging volume address the central questions in Thoreau studies today: how “green,” 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.

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