By Lloyd Willis

Brings ecocriticism into dialog with serious American reviews methods to literary canon formation.

How can we reconcile the summary reverence for the flora and fauna crucial to American literary heritage, starting with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Nature,” with over a century and a half frequent environmental destruction? Environmental Evasion examines the environmental implications of literary and cultural productions by means of writers from James Femimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, and Zora Neale Hurston. Lloyd Willis provocatively argues that the environmentalist outlooks of Cooper and Longfellow have been eclipsed by means of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s summary, imperialist imaginative and prescient of nature. He demonstrates what percentage twentieth-century American writers have taken the Emersonian technique, engaging in a silent yet super strong type of evasive environmental politics within the ways that they write concerning the flora and fauna. responsive to the inherent political dimensions of all texts, Environmental Evasion insists at the relevance of environmental background and politics to New Americanist ways to the literary canon.

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