Mary Austin's Regionalism: Reflections on Gender, Genre, and Geography (Under the Sign of Nature) (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/6/1
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Best known for The Land of Little Rain, a collection of natural-history essays about the California deserts, the Western writer Mary Austin (18681934) was a prolific literary figure in the first few decades of the twentieth century. In addition to her essays and short stories, Austin produced novels, poems, and cultural criticism, and was well known as a feminist, political writer, and mystic. Over the past decade a number of Austins books have been reissued, and her work has been the subject of increasing critical attention.
Heike Schaefers study complements that renewed interest with a fresh, broad appreciation of the complexity of Austins work. Considering unpublished materials and the full range of Austins literary and theoretical writing, Mary Austins Regionalism: Reflections on Gender, Genre, and Geography presents Austin as a significant early twentieth-century author who reworked the traditions of nature writing and womens regionalism to envision a sustainable and democratic American culture. Austin brought an environmental awareness to the exploration of the race, gender, and class dynamics informing the European American colonization of the West. Drawing on Southwestern folklore and Native American concepts of storytelling, her work addressed feminist, pluralist, and ecological concerns in often strikingly original ways. By placing Austins writing in the context of contemporaneous as well as current critical debates, Mary Austins Regionalism reveals the insights that Austins work offers to present discussions of sense of place, the construction of human and nonhuman nature, sustainability, feminist politics, and the dynamics of intercultural communication. Mary Austins decades-old regionalist work still has the power to fascinate and move a wide audience of contemporary readers.
Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism
"While many critics have recognized that Mary Austin is a regionalist who turned to regional cultures to envision a more democratic and spiritually rich national culture, no one has explored this issue as comprehensively, looking at the entire body of Austin's work. Mary Austin's Regionalism: Reflections on Gender, Genre, and Geography is original because it reaches beyond Austin to debates about regionalism, environmental writing, identity, and other issues, and provides a rich analysis of Austin's thoughts and writings.--Melody Graulich, editor of Western American Literature 商品の説明をすべて表示する