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Literature, Nature and Other
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Postmodern theory at its best--a call for an ecofeminist dialogical method of reading literature and nature.
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Acknowledgments Preface I. 1. Prolegomenon for an Ecofeminist Dialogics 2. Ground, Pivot, Motion: Ecofeminist Theory, Dialogics, and Literary Practice 3. Voicing Another Nature 4. Reconceiving the Relations of Woman and Nature, Nature and Culture: Contemporary Environmental Literature by Women 5. Sex-Typing the Planet: Gaia Imagery and the Problem of Subverting Patriarchy II. 6. Somagrams in An/Other Tongue: Patricia Hampl's "Resort" 7. Ecology and Love: The Spiderwebs of Joy Harjo 8. "A Mountain Always Practices in Every Place": Climbing over Transcendence 9. Pivots Instead of Centers: Postmodern Spirituality in Gary Snyder and Ursula K. Le Guin III. 10. Let the Survivors of Contact Speak: In the Canon and in the Classroom 11. Centering the Other: Trickster Midwife Pedagogy 12. The Present Is to Nature as the Past Is to Culture as the Future Is to Agency 13. Simply Uncontrollable, Or Steaming Open the Envelope of Ideology 14. Afterword 15. Appendix: Dialectics of Dialgoics: Method and Message in the Classroom Notes Bibliography Index

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Patrick D. Murphy is Director of the Graduate Program in Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Among his other books are Understanding Gary Synder; Critical Essays on Gary Synder; Critical Essays on American Modernism; and Essentials of the Theory of Fiction. He is also founding editor of the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.

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"This is postmodern theory at its best-theory that resists totalizing language and closure-theory that always points back to the text, the creative well-spring of philosophy and practice. "Murphy is vibrant, insistent, and responsible as a scholar, literary critic, philosopher, and pedagogical theorist. He is a sharp deconstructionist, but also a strong postmodern optimist. "In this collection of essays, he acts as a web-weaver and a border crosser-moving back and forth between the camps of philosophy, literary criticism, feminist theory and pedagogical theory-linking strands of thought from such diverse realms as Lacanian psychoanalysis, Deep Ecology, postmodern theory, French Feminism, Bakhtinian dialogics and ecofeminism." - Gretchen Legler, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

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