The Environmental Imagination
Thoreau, Nature Writing and the Formation of American Culture
By (author) Lawrence Buell
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Environmental Imagination by Lawrence Buell
Book DescriptionWith the environmental crisis comes a crisis of the imagination, a need to find new ways to understand nature and humanity's relation to it. This is the challenge Lawrence Buell takes up in "The Environmental Imagination". With Thoreau's "Walden" as a touchstone, Buell gives us an account of environmental perception, the place of nature in the history of Western thought, and the consequences for literary scholarship of attempting to imagine a more "ecocentric" way of being. In doing so, he provides an understanding of Thoreau's achievement and, at the same time, a rethinking of our literary and cultural reflections on nature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674258624
(235mm x 159mm x 35mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United States
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Shades of the Planet, Paperback (March 2007)» View all books by Lawrence Buell
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Author Biography - Lawrence Buell
Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University.
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