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The Resource The myth of emptiness and the new American literature of place, Wendy Harding

The myth of emptiness and the new American literature of place, Wendy Harding

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The myth of emptiness and the new American literature of place
Title
The myth of emptiness and the new American literature of place
Statement of responsibility
Wendy Harding
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "In Under the Sign of Empty, Wendy Harding adopts a transdisciplinary perspective that draws on the theories of geographers, historians, sociologists, and philosophers to understand the reasons for the enduring perception of emptiness in the American landscape. In doing so, she identifies a recent trend in the literature of place that corrects the misperceptions resulting from this trope"--
  • "From the moment the first English-speaking explorers and settlers arrived on the North American continent, many have described its various locations and environments as empty. Indeed, much of American national history and culture is bound up with the idea that parts of the landscape are empty and thus open for colonization, settlement, economic improvement, claim staking, taming, civilizing, cultivating, and the exploitation of resources. In turn, most Euro-American nonfiction written about the landscape has treated it either as an object to be acted upon by the author or an empty space, unspoiled by human contamination, to which the solitary individual goes to be refreshed and rejuvenated. In The Myth of Emptiness and the New American Literature of Place, Wendy Harding identifies an important recent development in the literature of place that corrects the misperceptions resulting from these tropes. Works by Rick Bass, Charles Bowden, Ellen Meloy, Jonathan Raban, Rebecca Solnit, and Robert Sullivan move away from the tradition of nature writing, with its emphasis on the solitary individual communing with nature in uninhabited places, to recognize the interactions of human and other-than-human presences in the land. In different ways, all six writers reveal a more historically complex relationship between Americans and their environments. In this new literature of place, writers revisit abandoned, threatened, or damaged sites that were once represented as devoid of human presence and dig deeper to reveal that they are in fact full of the signs of human activity. These writers are interested in the role of social, political, and cultural relationships and the traces they leave on the landscape. Throughout her exploration, Harding adopts a transdisciplinary perspective that draws on the theories of geographers, historians, sociologists, and philosophers to understand the reasons for the enduring perception of emptiness in the American landscape and how this new literature of place works with and against these ideas. She reminds us that by understanding and integrating human impacts into accounts of the landscape, we are better equipped to fully reckon with the natural and cultural crisis that engulfs all landscapes today." -- Publisher's description
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Harding, Wendy
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS231.E46
LC item number
H37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American literature
  • Emptiness (Philosophy) in literature
  • Place (Philosophy) in literature
  • Nature in literature
  • Discourse analysis, Literary
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  • Literatur
  • Amerikanisches Englisch
  • Leere
  • Natur
  • Raum
  • American literature
  • Discourse analysis, Literary
  • Emptiness (Philosophy) in literature
  • Nature in literature
  • Place (Philosophy) in literature
Label
The myth of emptiness and the new American literature of place, Wendy Harding
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-237) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: From empty spaces to storied places -- Part I: The idea of empty -- Placing the land under the sign of empty -- Creating the American nation from a vast and empty chaos -- Part II: Seeking new connections -- Becoming committed to place in Rich Bass's "Winter" -- The storied mountains of Charles Bowden's "Frog Mountain Blues" -- Suturing the map of the known universe in Ellen Meloy's "The Last cheater's Waltz" -- Part III: Retracing paths and reassessing emplacement -- The peopled shape of the land in Jonathan Raban's "Bad Land" -- Unsettling oppositions in Rebecca Solnit's "Savage Dreams" -- Robert Sullivan's reverse commute in "The Meadowlands" -- Conclusion: The void calls; earth calls back
Control code
878111758
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxi, 243 pages
Isbn
9781609382797
Lccn
2014010232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)878111758
Label
The myth of emptiness and the new American literature of place, Wendy Harding
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-237) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: From empty spaces to storied places -- Part I: The idea of empty -- Placing the land under the sign of empty -- Creating the American nation from a vast and empty chaos -- Part II: Seeking new connections -- Becoming committed to place in Rich Bass's "Winter" -- The storied mountains of Charles Bowden's "Frog Mountain Blues" -- Suturing the map of the known universe in Ellen Meloy's "The Last cheater's Waltz" -- Part III: Retracing paths and reassessing emplacement -- The peopled shape of the land in Jonathan Raban's "Bad Land" -- Unsettling oppositions in Rebecca Solnit's "Savage Dreams" -- Robert Sullivan's reverse commute in "The Meadowlands" -- Conclusion: The void calls; earth calls back
Control code
878111758
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxi, 243 pages
Isbn
9781609382797
Lccn
2014010232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)878111758

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