Projects

Margaret O’Leary, “The Call of the Wild,” traces the interplay of human civilization, nature, and the “wild” from Robert Service and Jack London to John Haines, Gary Snyder, John Muir, S. Hall young, Willa Cather, Mary Austin, John McPhee, E.O. Wilson, and Richard Nelson

 

Mary Byard, “Creating Awareness and Passion for the Environment through Stories,” examines how personal narrative broadens awareness in Cather, Austin, Kingsolver, Snyder, and Nelson in relationship to research on the development of environmental literacy in children’s books by Shel Silverstein, Charles Perrault, Tlingit Raven stories and the Haida Salmon Boy

 

Nadja Grobenströer, “Alaska—the Last Frontier,” revisits Frederick Jackson Turner’s Frontier Thesis in relation to Roderick Nash’s Wilderness and the American Mind and writings about Alaska by John Muir, Gary Snyder, and John Krakauer

 

Brian O’Shea, “The Wildness of Civilization,” argues that values imposed on nature and the problem of the dichotomy between the civilized and the wild can be addressed by redefining civilization to include human nature and the concept of the wild

 

Nick Lewis, “Defining Desire: The Self Looking Through the Pervasive Mirror of Wilderness,”

discusses Roderick Nash and William Cronon with a focus on wilderness as a transitional space in which we acknowledge and recognize the self as the unfamiliar becomes the familiar

 

E. Palmer Seeley, “Establishing Presence by Discovering Wildness Through Information Technology,”

has written an address to be delivered to students and faculty of Cary Academy that centers on developing an awareness of space, presence and a way of “finding one’s way home”

 Brian Tippy, in his essay ____ focuses attention on the limits of the language used to articulate a wilderness ethic in John Muir, Richard Nelson and Gary Snyder and the problems of the alternative offered by William Cronon in his essay “Rethinking the human Place in Nature; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature 

Charles Danhoff, “A Solitary Approach to Living with the Natural World,” examines the “limits of solitude” in Muir, McCandless, and Nelson and the struggle to reintegrate nature and home

 

Evelina Zarkh, “’A New Consciousness of the Country’: Mediating Experiences In Nature Through Myth and Symbol,” focuses on the failed language of allegory in mythologies of the American West that lead to interpretive extremes. The inaccessibility of individual experience and the mergence of metaphors rich and ample enough to counteract the conquest of experience perpetuated by allegory. Reads Cather and Austin as creating new metaphors that reinvent the kinds of experiences available in nature and the language used to describe them

Zoe Roben, “Finding A Way Home: Re-Imagining Place, Community, and Identity,” considers the limits of the use of wildness as a means of self discovery and self-identification and takes up emergent alternatives to the individualism that too often compromises an awareness of the natural and human history of specific places 

 

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