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The Truth of EcologyNature, Culture, Literature in America$
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Dana Phillips

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137699

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137699.001.0001

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A Word for Wildness

A Word for Wildness

(p.240) EPILOGUE A Word for Wildness
The Truth of Ecology

Dana Phillips (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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