Fallen Forests: Emotion, Embodiment, and Ethics in American Womens Environmental Writing, 1781-1924 Karen L. Kilcup

ISBN: 9780820345000

Published: May 1st 2013

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512 pages


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Fallen Forests: Emotion, Embodiment, and Ethics in American Womens Environmental Writing, 1781-1924  by  Karen L. Kilcup

Fallen Forests: Emotion, Embodiment, and Ethics in American Womens Environmental Writing, 1781-1924 by Karen L. Kilcup
May 1st 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 512 pages | ISBN: 9780820345000 | 10.66 Mb

In 1844, Lydia Sigourney asserted, Mans warfare on the trees is terrible. Like Sigourney many American women of her day engaged with such issues as sustainability, resource wars, globalization, voluntary simplicity, Christian ecology, andMoreIn 1844, Lydia Sigourney asserted, Mans warfare on the trees is terrible. Like Sigourney many American women of her day engaged with such issues as sustainability, resource wars, globalization, voluntary simplicity, Christian ecology, and environmental justice. Illuminating the foundations for contemporary womens environmental writing, Fallen Forests shows how their nineteenth-century predecessors marshaled powerful affective, ethical, and spiritual resources to chastise, educate, and motivate readers to engage in positive social change.Fallen Forests contributes to scholarship in American womens writing, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and feminist rhetoric, expanding the literary, historical, and theoretical grounds for some of todays most pressing environmental debates.

Karen L. Kilcup rejects prior critical emphases on sentimentalism to show how women writers have drawn on their literary emotional intelligence to raise readers consciousness about social and environmental issues. She also critiques ecocriticisms idealizing tendency, which has elided womens complicity in agendas that depart from todays environmental orthodoxies.Unlike previous ecocritical works, Fallen Forests includes marginalized texts by African American, Native American, Mexican American, working-class, and non-Protestant women.

Kilcup also enlarges ecocriticisms genre foundations, showing how Cherokee oratory, travel writing, slave narrative, diary, polemic, sketches, novels, poetry, and exposé intervene in important environmental debates.



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