Book ID: CBB496983340

Reimagining Environmental History: Ecological Memory in the Wake of Landscape Change (2017)


Knoeller, Christian (Author)

University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 2017
Language: English

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 352

Christian Knoeller presents a radical reinterpretation of environmental history set in the heartland of America. In an excellent model of narrative-based scholarship, this book dynamically reimagines American environmentalism across generations of writers, artists, and scientists. Knoeller starts out with Audubon, and cites Thoreau’s journals in the 1850s as he assesses an early 17th century account of New England’s natural resources by William Wood, showing the epic decline in game and bird populations in Concord. This reading of environmental history is replicated throughout with a gallery of novelists, poets, essayists, and other commentators as they explore ecological memory and environmental destruction. In apt discussions of Matthiessen, Lopez, Wendell Berry, William Stafford and many others, Knoeller offers vibrant insights into literary history. He also cites his own memoir of perpetual development on his family’s farm in Indiana, enriching the scholarship and making an urgent plea for the healing aesthetics of the imagination.   Reading across centuries and genres, Knoeller gives us a vibrant new appraisal of Midwestern/North American interior literary traditions and makes clear how vital environmental writing is to this region. To date, no one has written such an eloquent and comprehensive cross-genre analysis of Midwestern environmental literature.

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Review Christine DeLucia (April 2019) Review of "Reimagining Environmental History: Ecological Memory in the Wake of Landscape Change". Environmental History (pp. 405-407). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Bloom, Khaled J.
Bryan, William D.
Burkholder, Robert E.
Drake, Brian Allen
Hou, Shen
Hui, Alexandra
Environmental History
American Historical Review
Oxford University Press
Rutgers University Press
Arthur H. Clark Co.
Cornell University Press
Oregon State University Press
University of Minnesota Press
Environmental history
Conservation of natural resources
Political activists and activism
Science and literature
Carson, Rachel Louise
Hamilton, Alice
Malthus, Thomas Robert
Muir, John
Pinchot, Gifford
Richards, Ellen Henrietta Swallow
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
18th century
20th century, early
17th century
United States
New York (U.S.)
Oregon (U.S.)
United States. National Park Service
Cornell University, Laboratory of Ornithology

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