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Environmental Renaissance: Emerson, Thoreau and the Systems of Nature (Hardback)
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Environmental Renaissance: Emerson, Thoreau and the Systems of Nature (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 30/11/2003
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Through environmental philosophy and emerging paradigms in complex systems theory, the book presents a new reading of Emerson, Thoreau and the green tradition of American thought, analyzing their foundational roles in the formation of the two main currents in American environmentalism.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820325309
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 242 x 165 x 22 mm


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A lucid, vigorously argued critique of both the Emersonian and Thoreauvian strains of American environmentalist discourse, this book will reshape the debate for environmental humanities.--William Rossi "editor of "'Wild Apples' and Other Natural History Essays by Henry D. Thoreau" "


A major contribution (and corrective) to two fields: nineteenth-century American literary studies and an emerging ecocriticism. Indeed, McMurry's reformulation of ecocritical thought is validated precisely because he is able to read Emerson and Thoreau in fresh ways, as early representatives, roughly and respectively, of reformist and deep ecological positions.--Joseph Tabbi "author of "Cognitive Fictions" "


But what, really, does ecocriticism do? In this smart, witty, angry, and hopeful book, McMurry pursues this question through systems theory and postmodern science studies. Emerson and Thoreau, he shows, are more relevant today than ever, never more so than in their--and our--necessary blindnesses. Can ecocriticism really help us through our pending ecological reckoning? Just maybe, answers McMurry, if ecocriticism begins to worry less about nature and more about environment. Anyone who is concerned about the future of ecocriticism will find in this book provocation, inspiration, and--just maybe--a survival guide to the future.--Laura Dassow Walls "author of "Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth" "


Both challenging and erudite, McMurry's call to arms pushes at the boundaries of environmental literature and demands a criticism that's more relevant and effectual.--"Nature Pages"


Provocative and inspiring, this book addresses eco-critical theory, but not practice, in a sophisticated, witty, and sarcastic way.--"Southeastern Naturalist"


A lucid, vigorously argued critique of both the Emersonian and Thoreauvian strains of American environmentalist discourse, this book will reshape the debate for environmental humanities.

--William Rossi "editor of 'Wild Apples' and Other Natural History Essays by Henry D. Thoreau "

A major contribution (and corrective) to two fields: nineteenth-century American literary studies and an emerging ecocriticism. Indeed, McMurry's reformulation of ecocritical thought is validated precisely because he is able to read Emerson and Thoreau in fresh ways, as early representatives, roughly and respectively, of reformist and deep ecological positions.

--Joseph Tabbi "author of Cognitive Fictions "

But what, really, does ecocriticism do? In this smart, witty, angry, and hopeful book, McMurry pursues this question through systems theory and postmodern science studies. Emerson and Thoreau, he shows, are more relevant today than ever, never more so than in their--and our--necessary blindnesses. Can ecocriticism really help us through our pending ecological reckoning? Just maybe, answers McMurry, if ecocriticism begins to worry less about nature and more about environment. Anyone who is concerned about the future of ecocriticism will find in this book provocation, inspiration, and--just maybe--a survival guide to the future.

--Laura Dassow Walls "author of Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth "

Both challenging and erudite, McMurry's call to arms pushes at the boundaries of environmental literature and demands a criticism that's more relevant and effectual.

--Nature Pages

Provocative and inspiring, this book addresses eco-critical theory, but not practice, in a sophisticated, witty, and sarcastic way.

--Southeastern Naturalist

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