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“Rare and Delectable Places”: Thoreau's Imagination of Sacred Space at Walden

John Gatta

in Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195165050
eISBN:
9780199835140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165055.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Walden Pond, the obvious focal point of Thoreau’s worship and spiritual discovery, qualifies thereby as a sacred place in the author’s celebrated account of “where he lived.” Thoreau’s ... More


A Word for Wildness

Dana Phillips

in The Truth of Ecology: Nature, Culture, Literature in America

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195137699
eISBN:
9780199787937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137699.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This epilogue reviews some of the issues of most importance in this book, especially those that have been raised but not yet resolved by ecocriticism. In particular, it explores the idea not of ... More


Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Gavin Van Horn and John Hausdoerffer (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226444666
eISBN:
9780226444970
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

Exploring how people can become attuned to the wild community of life and also contribute to the well-being of the wild places in which we live, work, and play, Wildness brings together esteemed ... More


Notes on “Up at the Basin”

David J. Rothman

in Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226444666
eISBN:
9780226444970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.003.0008
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

“Up at the Basin” combines an original poem with an accompanying essay. The poem springs from the author’s memory of being a young ski racer in the 1970s, and the joy of that experience at a very ... More


Transformed by Beauty: Environmental Ethics and the Wildness of God

Belden C. Lane

in Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199755080
eISBN:
9780199894956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755080.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The book's last chapter explores the ecological implications of this Calvinist spirituality of desire. It points to the earth's reflection of God's beauty as a foundation for an environmental ethic ... More


Wildness: The Phenomenology of Freedom

Jonathan McKenzie

in The Political Thought of Henry David Thoreau: Privatism and the Practice of Philosophy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166308
eISBN:
9780813166384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166308.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Thoreau’s use of wildness as a political-theoretical category is often misunderstood as an effort to uncover a deeper engagement with the political. This chapter argues that wildness instead ... More


The Call of the Wild

REBECCA ARMSTRONG

in Cretan Women: Pasiphae, Ariadne, and Phaedra in Latin Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199284030
eISBN:
9780191712500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284030.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter turns to the important, recurring images of wildness which can be found in the myths. The starting points are the two bulls of Europa and Pasiphae. Europa's encounter with Zeus in bovine ... More


Little Monsters: Unsettling the Sovereign Wild

Tavia Nyong'o

in Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479856275
eISBN:
9781479806386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479856275.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

Intervening in debates over post-humanist responses to climate change, this chapter engages black feminist and indigenous critique to explore the role afro-fabulation plays in contemporary ... More


Nature’s Wildness

Strachan Donnelley

Ceara Donnelley and Bruce Jennings (eds)

in Frog Pond Philosophy: Essays on the Relationship Between Humans and Nature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813167275
eISBN:
9780813175669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167275.003.0010
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

In this chapter, reflections growing out of trout fishing during the mayfly hatch in northern Wisconsin, salmon fishing in Newfoundland, and duck hunting in South Carolina focus on the meaning and ... More


Leopold’s Wildness: Can Humans and Wolves Be at Home in the Adirondacks?

Strachan Donnelley

Ceara Donnelley and Bruce Jennings (eds)

in Frog Pond Philosophy: Essays on the Relationship Between Humans and Nature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813167275
eISBN:
9780813175669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167275.003.0014
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

The premise of this chapter is that Aldo Leopold’s notion of a land ethic cannot be understood apart from his broader worldview of the relationship between humans and nature. The question of the ... More


Wildness As Political Act

Douglas R. Anderson

in Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225507
eISBN:
9780823235506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225507.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter examines the idea of wilderness as political act by turning to one of Henry D. Thoreau's essays entitled “A Winter Walk.” Thoreau's essays give emphasis to wildness as political act. The ... More


Interrogating ‘Wildness’

Allen Judith

in Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748636754
eISBN:
9780748651962
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636754.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines Hayden White's Tropics of Discourse, which takes a look at the survival of the word ‘wildness’, and reviews Woolf's metaphorical references to the ‘wild’ using the lens of ... More


Introduction: Speaking the Language of Trees

Richard Higgins and Richard Higgins

in Thoreau and the Language of Trees

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520294042
eISBN:
9780520967311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520294042.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Trees played a major role in Thoreau’s life and work. He responded to them with his eye, his heart, his muse, his mind and his soul. He related to trees emotionally and understood them as a ... More


Are You Ready to Get Your Life?: Performing Neostalgia and Wildness in Chicago’s Contemporary Queer Club Scenes

Micah E. Salkind

in Do You Remember House?: Chicago's Queer of Color Undergrounds

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190698416
eISBN:
9780190698454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190698416.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Dance

Chapter 6 takes its title from club performer Mister Wallace’s invitation to Smart Bar dancers to get their lives, or discover their authentic selves, on the venue’s dance floor. Working from field ... More


The Edge of Anomaly

Curt Meine

in Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226444666
eISBN:
9780226444970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.003.0005
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

This chapter explores the meanings and manifestations of wildness in the context of the Driftless Area of the Upper Midwest. Untouched by the Pleistocene glaciers that scraped across most of northern ... More


The Hummingbird and the Red Cap

Devon G. Peña

in Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226444666
eISBN:
9780226444970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.003.0011
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

This essay enunciates an indigenous view of land and water ethics in the acequia irrigation communities of the Upper Rio Grande watershed in order to explore the “relationality of wildness.” The ... More


Healing the Urban Wild

Gavin Van Horn

in Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226444666
eISBN:
9780226444970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.003.0016
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

This chapter explores negative and positive connotations for the term wildness through conversations with crew members from Greencorps Chicago, a program of the City of Chicago that specializes in ... More


Toward an Urban Practice of the Wild

John Tallmadge

in Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226444666
eISBN:
9780226444970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.003.0019
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

This chapter describes how the author’s ideas about nature and culture, formed by wilderness adventure, were transformed by moving to Cincinnati and starting a family. As his kids helped him slow ... More


The Akiing Ethic: Seeking Ancestral Wildness beyond Aldo Leopold’s Wilderness

John Hausdoerffer

in Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226444666
eISBN:
9780226444970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.003.0021
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

Based on an exploration of the question “what kind of ancestor do you want to be,” this chapter compares Aldo Leopold’s notions of wildness with those of White Earth Land Recovery Project leader ... More


Cultivating the Wild

Vandana Shiva

in Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226444666
eISBN:
9780226444970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.003.0024
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

This chapter investigates wildness as the generative force of the universe. Vandana Shiva draws parallels between the Hindi word “Shakti” and wildness, with Shakti referring to energy as the ... More


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