From Wilderness to Storied Space, or the End of American Nature Writing

October 14: Wendy Harding, University of Toulouse, France “From Wilderness to Storied Space, or the End of American Nature Writing”  Wilderness is a notion with a long, complex history in American culture. William Cronon’s controversial essay, “The Trouble with Wilderness” suggests that the idea has now attained the limits of its usefulness. Professor Harding will present and discuss some of the new writing on place that illustrates the imprint of human existence in spaces that have been conceived of as deserted, uninhabited, or pristine. The new writing emphasizes community responsibility over personal discovery and unearths the stories in places once conceived of as empty. Dr. Harding is the author of Beyond Words and A World of Difference: An Intercultural Study of Toni Morrison) October 14: Wendy Harding, University of Toulouse, France “From Wilderness to Storied Space, or the End of American Nature Writing”

Wilderness is a notion with a long, complex history in American culture. William Cronon’s controversial essay, “The Trouble with Wilderness” suggests that the idea has now attained the limits of its usefulness. Professor Harding will present and discuss some of the new writing on place that illustrates the imprint of human existence in spaces that have been conceived of as deserted, uninhabited, or pristine. The new writing emphasizes community responsibility over personal discovery and unearths the stories in places once conceived of as empty. Dr. Harding is the author of Beyond Words and A World of Difference: An Intercultural Study of Toni Morrison)


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October 14: Wendy Harding, University of Toulouse, France