From these readings I have found that John Muir and Henry David Thoreau have many of the same notions about nature and the American frontier. Both viewed nature as a defined space, completely separated from civil society, a place in which “a man can be a man.” For Muir it seemed that nature was very much a sacred space and loved to idealize nature as a sort of heaven on earth. I think one of the biggest things I realized through these readings is that Muir and Thoreau both emphasized the difference, physically and mentally, between nature and urbanization. It is this idea that Americans now live on, I believe that people now think of nature and urban areas as entirely separate entities and in doing so, make nature into a sort of place to visit but never stay. Ultimately, I believe that both Muir and Thoreau have a mostly organic worldview, however, it is one that has some mechanistic influences.
He states without human imagination there would be no stories to tell; how could stories be told if we had to memories or imagination? Past memories bring the power to the stories humans all tell. Lopez says that with the influence of nature in our past it brings more of a physical thought to humans stories. In conclusion, what Lopez is trying to convey through his essay is human imagination is made by our past memories and relations with nature. In my opinion, I think the essay “A literature of Place” was a nice writing with good ideas.
The writing which depicts the struggles in the Native American cultures particularly the relationships of both family and love within the white community. Louise’s writing on Love Medicine has earned her the spot as an American Literary Cannon. Louise attended college at Dartmouth, at the encouragement of her mother. Louise was part of the Native American Studies
Life is a place of contradictions. Both Whitman and John Green discussed materialism and nature in their works. For Whitman, he accepted materialism as a part of our daily lives. However, Margo couldn’t. She rather isolate herself than live in a fake world.
Lawrence Buell who was against any segregated treatment of environmental issues, considering them as much material and of the physical world as they are socio-cultural or political-ideological, while defining ecocriticism partly continues Glotfelty’s dictum but specifies it keeping in mind its ever-growing interdisciplinarity: . . . ‘ecocriticism’ as (a) study of the relationship between literature and the environment conducted in a spirit of commitment to environmental praxis . .
This article analyzes the ecocritical insights in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Cake (2003). The main analysis will mainly concentrate on the appropriation of natural elements in the novel. This appropriation includes the anthropomorphic qualities inserted into the novel’s textual fabric. The anthropomorphic features are the human qualities or characteristics given to animals and inanimate things. I will focus on how the anthropomorphic features help us to understand the function of nature in ecocritical contexts.
Katherine Anne Porter was born on May 15, 1890 and died September 18, 1980. Porter was known to be an amazing writer and author in the mid to late 1900s. Known for her smart and clever insight, many of her short stories deal with dark themes such as betrayal, and death. Born and raised in Indian Creek, Texas, she had a short marriage to her first husband, John, and left him to pursue an acting career. “First she moved to Chicago, where she was a journalist and movie extra; then Denver, Colorado, where she worked as a drama critic for the Rocky Mountain News; and then New York City” (LitFinder par.
It is a believe that if people explored nature thoroughly, they would come to know themselves and the universal truths better. All forms of being God, nature and humanity are spiritually united through a shared universal soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are two greatest follower of this theory. In this paper the matter
She has received numerous awards for Mudbound and has another novel called When She Woke, She also earned her bachelor's degree from Wellesley college and a masters degree from Columbia University. In this article about the book we found out how she came up with the characters and how they connect to her as a person, “ In composing Mudbound, Jordan drew on some of these stories and even based several of the novel’s white characters on real people, such as her grandmother and grandfather. Jordan told Neufeld that like Laura, the central white character in Mudbound, “My grandmother married late. She married an older man [who] took her from the city to a rural farm. .
Emerson starts off his piece with imagery of the unity between man and nature. He personifies nature: “Nature says-he is my creature, and maugre all his impertinent griefs, he shall be glad with me.” (Emerson 91) This connects humanity with nature as if we exist as equal, as if we are dependent on each other.