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Autobiography, Ecology, and the Well-Placed Self: The Growth of Natural Biography in Contemporary American Life Writing - Modern American Literature 59 (Hardback)
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Autobiography, Ecology, and the Well-Placed Self: The Growth of Natural Biography in Contemporary American Life Writing - Modern American Literature 59 (Hardback)

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Hardback 157 Pages / Published: 23/06/2011
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Autobiography, Ecology, and the Well-Placed Self expands the field of autobiography studies by describing an emergent genre, natural biography, that embeds the human subject in a more-than-human world. Through an ecocritical analysis of three contemporary U.S. authors - William Kittredge, Terry Tempest Williams, and Mary Clearman Blew - Nathan Straight illustrates how ecologically situated life writing bridges the human/nature divide and responds to the pressing environmental and communal demands of our times. In his exploration of the well-placed self he challenges traditional concepts of the autobiographical subject and considers new models of selfhood in relation to regional and national identities. His illuminating discussions of specific texts engage with ecofeminist and bioregional theory and will appeal to readers in environmental studies, literary criticism, and American regionalism. Autobiography, Ecology, and the Well-Placed Self presents an important new perspective on place-based identity and literature, and the inclusion of a "Selected Readings" appendix makes it a valuable resource for scholars and students alike.

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
ISBN: 9781433112256
Number of pages: 157
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 230 x 160 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This study of natural biography - the `absolutely particular' ways in which self and story and place are co-mingled - is an illuminating pleasure to read and an important contribution both to ecocriticism and the study of memoir." (Christopher Cokinos, University of Arizona; Author of `The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars') "I have long felt that autobiography is one of the best generic lenses through which to appreciate and analyze environmental writing. Nathan Straight's concept of the `well-placed self' is an exciting angle on `environmental life writing,' helpfully extending the field of ecocriticism." (Scott Slovic, University of Nevada, Reno; Author of `Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility') "What a refreshing new view of the American West Nathan Straight offers in this study of three `natural biographies' that challenge the cowboy myth. In nuanced readings of life writing by William Kittredge, Terry Tempest Williams, and Mary Clearman Blew, he shows how autobiographers can questioningly situate themselves in distinctive landscapes and ecosystems, destabilizing traditional narrative authority to create complex new modes of inhabitation." (Louise Westling, University of Oregon; Author of `The Green Breast of the New World: Landscape, Gender, and American Fiction')

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