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Swamp aesthetics: Environmental experiments by American women from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century


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“Swamp Aesthetics” proposes a theory of the origins of swamp aesthetics in the works of four visionary American women writers—Emily Dickinson, Mary Austin, Gertrude Stein, and Susan Howe—whose non-linear, non-hierarchical texts reflect patterns to be found in that ambiguous and particularly American landscape feature, the swamp. This project delineates new parameters for what constitutes environmental writing from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, and places American women writers at its forefront, arguing that these authors find in the swamp a position from which to re-imagine the relationship between the American mind and the natural world.

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Subject
Womens studies;
Environmental Studies;
American literature;
American history;
Aesthetics;
Writing;
Writers;
Nature
Classification
0453: Womens studies
0477: Environmental Studies
0591: American literature
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Austin, Mary; Dickinson, Emily; Experimental writing; Howe, Susan; Stein, Gertrude; Swamp aesthetics
Title
Swamp aesthetics: Environmental experiments by American women from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century
Author
Parks, Cecily
Number of pages
175
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0046
Source
DAI-A 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124966069
Advisor
Richardson, Joan
Committee member
Koestenbaum, Wayne; Vardy, Alan
University/institution
City University of New York
Department
English
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3478772
ProQuest document ID
903972683
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/903972683
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