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Outback and Out West examines the ecological consequences of a settler-colonial imaginary by comparing expressions of settler colonialism in the literature of the American West and Australian Outback. Tom Lynch traces exogenous domination in both regions, which resulted in many similar means of settlement, including pastoralism, homestead acts, afforestation efforts, and bioregional efforts at “belonging.” Lynch pairs the two nations’ texts to show how an analysis at the intersection of ecocriticism and settler colonialism requires a new canon that is responsive to the social, cultural, and ecological difficulties created by settlement in the West and Outback.

Outback and Out West draws out the regional Anthropocene dimensions of settler colonialism, considering such pressing environmental problems as habitat loss, groundwater depletion, and mass extinctions. Lynch studies the implications of our settlement heritage on history, art, and the environment through the cross-national comparison of spaces. He asserts that bringing an ecocritical awareness to settler-colonial theory is essential for reconciliation with dispossessed Indigenous populations as well as reparations for ecological damages as we work to decolonize engagement with and literature about these places.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Outback and Out West
  1. Field Notes: Resembling
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Introduction: A Genealogy of Family Resemblance
  2. pp. 7-34
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  1. Field Notes: Exploring
  2. pp. 35-42
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  1. 1. This Very Spot: Explorer Retracings, Whitefella Dreamings
  2. pp. 43-86
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  1. Field Notes: Naming and Preserving
  2. pp. 87-92
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  1. 2. Strange Lands: The Lexicon of Landscapes and the Legacy of National Parks
  2. pp. 93-122
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  1. Field Notes: Herding
  2. pp. 123-132
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  1. 3. Cattle Country: The (Eco)pastoral Imaginary
  2. pp. 133-174
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  1. Field Notes: Gardening
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. 4. "Nothing but Land": Women’s Pioneer Gardens and the Settler Imaginary
  2. pp. 179-214
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  1. Field Notes: Belonging
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. 5. Becoming Native: Eco-memoir, Bioregionalism, and Uncanny Settler Belonging
  2. pp. 221-270
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  1. Conclusion: Of Paruku and Ponca Corn
  2. pp. 271-284
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 285-306
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 307-320
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781496233882
Related ISBN(s)
9781496221971
MARC Record
OCLC
1343119347
Pages
366
Launched on MUSE
2022-09-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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