Sunday, December 25, 2005

Literature & Environment

I just found this site, thought I would share it. Association for the Study of Literature & Environment

When I was a student at the University of Oregon, I took a course called Environment and the Humanities (er somethin'). We studied the canon of literature reflecting green values throughout history. Some of the books that we read are available below.

According to ASLE, the field of ecocriticism is growing. Check this out.

Here's a list of FREE texts that address aspects of human interaction with the environment at some length (which I just purloined from the ASLE site):

  • Audubon, John James: Birds of America

  • Austin, Mary: The Land of Little Rain
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    Bird, Isabella: Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (Gutenberg text)

  • Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan of the Apes
    (HTML at Virginia)
  • Calvin, William H.: The River That Flows Uphill: A Journey from the Big Bang to the Big Brain (independent site)

  • Cather, Willa: O Pioneers!
    (text at Wiretap)

  • Cooper, James Fenimore: The Last of the Mohicans
    (Text at Book Stacks)
  • de Crevecoeur, J. Hector St. John: Letters from an American Farmer (AS @ U.Va. text)

  • Darwin, Charles: Works
    (Online Literature Library)

  • Dickinson, Emily: Complete Poems
    (HTML at Bartelby)

  • Jefferson, Thomas: Notes on the State of Virginia
    (AS @ U.Va. text)

  • Lewis and Clark: Journals
    (AS @ U.Va. text)

  • London, Jack: The Call of the Wild
    (text at Wiretap)

  • London, Jack: The Jack London Collection
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    Melville, Herman: Moby Dick (HTML at Virginia)

  • Muir, John: American Forests
    (HTML at Virginia)

  • Muir, John: Steep Trails
    (Gutenberg text)

  • Smith, Henry Nash: Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth
    (AS @ U.Va. text)

  • Thoreau, Henry David: Works
    (The Thoreau Reader)

  • Torrey, Bradford: On Foot in the Yosemite
    (HTML at Virginia)

  • Turner, Frederick Jackson: The Frontier in American History
    (AS @ U.Va. text)

  • Twain, Mark: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    (first edition and commentary) (illustrated HTML at Virginia)

  • Twain, Mark: Life on the Mississippi
    (text at Gutenberg)

  • Whitman, Walt: Leaves of Grass, 1900.
    (HTML at Bartelby)
  • Woodlief, Ann: In River Time: The Way of the James (independent site)
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