Ecology And Literature: Ecocentric Personification from Antiquity to the Twenty-first Century

Hardcover | August 15, 2008

byBryan L. Moore

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Ecology and Literature explores personification as a means of representing the natural world and arguing for its worth outside of human use. Employing a rhetorical and ecocritical approach, Moore analyzes ecocentric personification and its variants in the Western world from ancient Greece to Charles Darwin, with a special focus on American literature to the near-present.

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Ecology and Literature explores personification as a means of representing the natural world and arguing for its worth outside of human use. Employing a rhetorical and ecocritical approach, Moore analyzes ecocentric personification and its variants in the Western world from ancient Greece to Charles Darwin, with a special focus on Amer...

Bryan L. Moore is Professor of English, Arkansas State University. 

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:August 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230606695

ISBN - 13:9780230606692

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Personification in Practice and Theory * Rhetorical Approach * Ecocentrism * Ecocentric Personification * Anthropomorphism: Resistance and Inevitability * The ubiquity of Anthropomorphism * Anthropomorphism and Ethology * Anthropomorphism as Taboo and Norm in Nature Writing * Personification Theory * The Demotion of Personification * Personification and Allegory: Abrams and de Man * Part 2: Anthropocentric and Ecological Anthropomorphism through Western History * Antiquity * Early Christian, Medieval * Early Science * The Enlightenment * English Eighteenth-Century Poetry * Wordsworth and the Birth of Ecological Poetry Darwin * Part 3: Anthropomorphic Subversion in American Literature * Early America * William Bartram * Early American Romanticism * Emerson * Herman Melville and Anti-anthropocentric Personification * Walt Whitman and “Song of Myself,” Chant 32 * Emily Dickinson * The Naturalists (Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Jack London) * William Faulkner’s Bear *Robinson Jeffers and the Tragedy of Anthropocentrism * Flannery O’Connor’s View of the Woods * Ecocentric Personification in post World War II American Poetry * Part 4: Ecocentric Personification in American Nature Writing * Henry David Thoreau * John Muir * Mary Austin * Aldo Leopold * Loren Eiseley * Edward Abbey * Annie Dillard * Terry Tempest Williams * Ecocentric Personification in Three Twenty-First Century Works

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"Moore argues convincingly that subtle and obvious forms of personification are ubiquitous in Western culture from ancient Greece to the present, and he claims that this trope, especially when used carefully and self-consciously, is an effective way to compel audiences toward a sense of personal connection with the broader universe, toward sympathy with nature. This is an exciting and original stance and will be appreciated by literary scholars and ecocritics as a timely and enduring contribution."-- Scott Slovic, Professor of Literature and Environment, University of Nevada, Reno and the author of Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility