Reconciling Nature : Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945

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  • Author(s): Robert M. Myers
  • Publication Information:
    Albany : SUNY Press. 2019
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    • Abstract:
      Reveals how classic American novels embodied the tensions embedded in American views of the natural world from the Centennial until the end of the Second World War.Reconciling Nature maps the complex views of the environment that are evident in celebrated American novels written between the Centennial Celebration of 1876 and the end of the Second World War. During this period, which includes the Progressive era and the New Deal, Americans held three contradictory views of the natural world: a recognition of nature's vulnerability to the changes brought by industrialism; a fear of the power of nature to destroy human civilization; and a desire to make nature useful. Robert M. Myers argues they reconciled these conflicting views through nature nostalgia, policing of wilderness areas, and through strategies of control borrowed from the social sciences. Myers combines environmental history with original readings of eight novels, producing fresh perspectives on Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Stephen Crane's Maggie, Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Mary Austin's The Ford, Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, and William Faulkner's Go Down, Moses. While previous ecocritical works have focused on proto-environmentalism in classic works of literature, Reconciling Nature explores the ambivalence within these texts, demonstrating how they reproduce views of nature as threatened, threatening, and useful. The epilogue examines the environmental ideologies associated with the development and deployment of the first atomic bomb.Robert M. Myers is Professor of English and Director of the Environmental Studies program at Lock Haven University. He is the author of Reluctant Expatriate: The Life of Harold Frederic.
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      9781438476797. 9781438476780. 9781438476803.
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      1126315275
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      2287347
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      ROBERT M. MYERS. Reconciling Nature : Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945. Albany: SUNY Press, 2019. ISBN 9781438476797. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2287347. Acesso em: 28 nov. 2020.
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      Robert M. Myers. Reconciling Nature : Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945. SUNY Press; 2019. Accessed November 28, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2287347
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      Robert M. Myers. (2019). Reconciling Nature : Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945. SUNY Press.
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      Robert M. Myers. 2019. Reconciling Nature : Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945. Albany: SUNY Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2287347.
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      Robert M. Myers (2019) Reconciling Nature : Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945. Albany: SUNY Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2287347 (Accessed: 28 November 2020).
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      Robert M. Myers 2019, Reconciling Nature : Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945, SUNY Press, Albany, viewed 28 November 2020, .
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      Robert M. Myers. Reconciling Nature : Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945. SUNY Press, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2287347.
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      Robert M. Myers. Reconciling Nature : Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945. Albany: SUNY Press, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2287347.
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      Robert M. Myers. Reconciling Nature : Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945 [Internet]. Albany: SUNY Press; 2019 [cited 2020 Nov 28]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2287347