Emotion, Embodiment, and Ethics in American Women's Environmental Writing, 1781-1924
Publication Year: 2013
Fallen Forests contributes to scholarship in American women's writing, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and feminist rhetoric, expanding the literary, historical, and theoretical grounds for some of today's most pressing environmental debates. Karen L. Kilcup rejects prior critical emphases on sentimentalism to show how women writers have drawn on their literary emotional intelligence to raise readers' consciousness about social and environmental issues. She also critiques ecocriticism's idealizing tendency, which has elided women's complicity in agendas that depart from today's environmental orthodoxies.
Unlike previous ecocritical works, Fallen Forests includes marginalized texts by African American, Native American, Mexican American, working-class, and non-Protestant women. Kilcup also enlarges ecocriticism's genre foundations, showing how Cherokee oratory, travel writing, slave narrative, diary, polemic, sketches, novels, poetry, and exposé intervene in important environmental debates.
Published by: University of Georgia Press
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...womenâ€™s environmental writing, 1781â€“1924 / Karen L. Kilcup.2. Environmental protection in literature. 3. Nature conservation in literature. 4. Ecology in literature. 5. Nature in literature. I. Title.â€śThe trvve picture of a vvomen.â€ť From Thomas Harriot, A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia: of the commodities ...
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...fallen forests has so many roots that I can only hope to remember My colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have provided a solid and fruitful ground from which to work. All of my Ameri-canist colleagues, among them Tony Cuda, SallyAnn Ferguson, Christian Moraru, and Noelle Morrissette, helped cover my teaching responsibilities ...
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There arose a sudden gust at N.W. so violent for half an hour, as it blew down multitudes of trees. It lifted up their meeting house at Newbury, the people being in it. It darkened the air with dust, yet through Godâ€™s great mercy it did no hurt, but only killed one Indian with the fall of a tree.Or, more accurately, it starts with my hands in the black earth of my ...
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Many spacious tracts of meadowland are confined by these rugged hills [of Carolina], burdened with grass six feet high. Other of these valleys are re-plenished with brooks and rivulets of clear water, whose banks are covered with spacious tracts of canes, which retaining their leaves year round, are an Brother, I am in hopes my Brothers and the Beloved men near the water side ...
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Often we beheld the prostrate form of some old sylvan giant which had fallen and crushed down smaller trees under its immense ruin. In spots where destruction had been riotous, the lanterns showed perhaps a hun-dred trunks, erect, half overthrown, extended along the ground, resting on their shattered limbs or tossing them desperately into the darkness, but ...
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The dwellings of the colored people, unless they happened to be pro-tected by some influential white person, who was nigh at hand, were robbed of clothing and every thing else the marauders thought worth carrying away. All day long these unfeeling wretches went round, like a troop of demons, terrifying and tormenting the helpless. At night, ...
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Mrs Lowells rooms are three Bed chambers a parlour & a dineing room...the rooms we have a[re] very pleasent & handsomely furneshed they have very Elegant curtains & Chairs in the Parlour satin damask red and yellow what they call velvet carpets my room has a handsome carpet two shades of red blue & Brown paper on the walls blue chintz bed curtains ...
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In that portion of the arid belt which lies within the borders of Idaho be-tween the rich mining-camps of the mountains there is a region whereon those who occupy it have never laboredâ€”the beautiful â€śHill-country,â€ť the lap of the mountain-ranges, the free pastures of the plains. Here, without help of hands, are sown and harvested the standing crops of wild ...
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...published in the May 1861 Atlantic Monthly, Harriet Prescott Spof-fordâ€™s erotic fantasy, which depicts a seamstress contemplating the pome-granate bloom on her windowsill, needs little interpretation. Even in the mid-nineteenth century, a few American women found ways to exploreâ€”and sometimes celebrateâ€”their connection to nature. As we have seen ...
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Page Count: 512
Illustrations: 25 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2013