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By Patrick D. Murphy

Literature of Nature is a reference paintings that explores the variety of genres, modes, and orientations of literary representations of nature and of human interplay with the remainder of the flora and fauna. Comprising sixty five essays, Literature of Nature is geared up into 5 geographic sections: the U.S. and Canada; Europe; Asia and the Pacific; Africa and the Arab international; and Latin the USA. A 6th part is dedicated to issues, Genres, concept, and different Arts. the range and foreign scope of the essays are represented in a wide selection of bankruptcy codecs: individuals have been inspired to undertake layouts most excellent to their topics, with a stylistic variety modeling average range. Literature of Nature is intended to attract a wide variety of clients, together with scholars, librarians, and the final reader attracted to figuring out extra approximately such literature. whilst students of literature will locate the quantity of significant curiosity and the bibliographies particularly worthy.

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While some of this limitation resulted from incomplete knowledge, much of it resulted from the fact that detailed, precise, and accurate descriptions did not mesh with the need to gather information relevant to imperialist goals. Núñez Cabeza de Vaca's narrative of his eight-year (1528-36) trek from the northern Gulf Coast to western Mexico, however, reflects a more detailed knowledge of the land. While his purpose is primarily to record his story and to convince the monarchs that the native peoples can be converted and colonized by peaceful, rather than violent, means, he also conveys much information about the plants, animals, climate and indigenous cultures of the region.

For a while here, I would like to take a little walking tour through these three locations in the style of what John Burroughs and other naturalists might call a ramble. Geographic Location Anyone engaging with nature writing or any other kind of literature attentive to the natural environment as setting, character, or subject will invariably be aware of the specificities of location. And in order to sharpen this focus on geographic location, I will allude only to the literature of the past two centuries, the focus of this sourcebook.

Geographic Location Anyone engaging with nature writing or any other kind of literature attentive to the natural environment as setting, character, or subject will invariably be aware of the specificities of location. And in order to sharpen this focus on geographic location, I will allude only to the literature of the past two centuries, the focus of this sourcebook. With this literature readers want to know: where does the action take place, how does the main character view it? Do they have here another London urbanite coming upon the Scottish moors for the first time and seeing them through a rosy filter well deployed by Sir Page xv Walter Scott or Robert Louis Stevenson?

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