A Word for Wildness

Dana Phillips

in The Truth of Ecology

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195137699
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787937 | DOI:
 A Word for Wildness

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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 wilderness, a central value for many American ecocritics, but of “wildness” of calculated incivility, deliberate irony, imagination, adventurousness, playfulness, and picaresque humor as celebrated by Thoreau in his essay Walking and as exemplified in A. R. Ammons’s book-length poem Garbage.

Keywords: A. R. Ammons; ecocriticism; Garbage; picaresque; Thoreau; wildness; wilderness

Chapter.  3809 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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