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Title Dramas of solitude : narratives of retreat in American nature writing / Randall Roorda.
Imprint Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1998.

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Description 1 online resource (xix, 283 pages)
Series SUNY series, literacy, culture, and learning
SUNY series, literacy, culture, and learning.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-272) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
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Subject American literature -- History and criticism.
Wilderness areas in literature.
Solitude in literature.
Nature in literature.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Self in literature.
Literacy.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Contents 1 Genre and Narrative in Nature Writing 1 -- 2 Going Out, Going In: Narrative Logic in Thoreau's "Ktaadn" 21 -- 3 The Subject of The Desert 57 -- 4 Familiar Mysteries: The Exemplary Wendell Berry 101 -- 5 Sites and Senses of Writing in Nature 143 -- 6 Writer or Rhapsode? Iconic Metaphors for Literate Identity 171 -- 7 Keeping It Simple: Reinvention and Recovery of Nature in General Education 205.
Summary What do stories of nature tell us about the social or ethical purposes of solitude? And what do stories of solitude reveal of the "character" of nonhuman nature? Dramas of Solitude brings the insights of narrative theory to bear upon the genre of nature writing, to explore the social or ethical purposes of solitude in stories of retreat in nature. Through discussions of texts by Henry D. Thoreau, John C. Van Dyke, Wendell Berry, and student writers, among other, this book complicates social views of literacy with depictions of a solitude held in dynamic relation to a not-only-human community. It will inform the efforts of literary critics and writing teachers alike who hope to reintegrate English studies upon ecological terms.
Other Title Print version: Roorda, Randall, 1952- Dramas of solitude. Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1998 0791436772