Swamp aesthetics: Environmental experiments by American women from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century
“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.
0477: Environmental Studies
0591: American literature