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- The such a lot inclusive survey but released of yank neighborhood literature.
- Represents a large choice of theoretical and historic approaches.
- Surveys the literature of particular areas from California to New England and from Alaska to Hawaii.
- Discusses authors and teams who've been vital in defining nearby American literature.
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But regional writing’s focus on places that were geographically remote tends to translate into an understanding of those regions as temporally remote, too. Regional writing, then, seems to be about not only the folk ways of people inhabiting remote geographical places, but also, and more crucially, about fast-disappearing folk ways. Highlighting the genre’s careful inscription of the cadences of village life, the dialect of remote village-dwellers, the rustic concerns of persons seemingly untouched or ignored by the spread of urbanization 28 Stephanie Foote and modernization, critics have maintained an informal consensus that regional writing seeks to preserve what is in danger of being lost.
The deeper of characters in fairy tales who set off from home and, sooner or later, must enter a deep wood” (Hampl 1987: 40). Barry Lopez’s exploration of Arctic tundras and icefloes in Arctic Dreams (1986); Linda Hasselstrom’s writings from the ranches and coffee shops in the interior of the American West, Land Circle (1991); Wendell Berry’s profusion of essays, poetry, and fiction from his Kentucky hill farm; Terry Tempest Williams’s account of birdlife and self-healing at the Great Salt Lake, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place (1991), and her explorations of eroticism in the canyon country of Southern Utah, Desert Quartet (1995); John McPhee’s geological tetralogy (Basin and Range , In Suspect Terrain , Rising From the Plains , and Assembling California ); John Hanson Mitchell’s explorations of “deep time” in patches of remnant countryside outside Boston in Ceremonial Time (1984) and Living at the End of Time (1990); Keith Basso’s masterly exposition of landscape and language among the Western Apache Wisdom Sits in Places (1996); David Rains Wallace’s meditations on myth and evolution in The Klamath Knot (1983) or his description of a unique area of Florida woodlands in Bulow Hammock: Mind in a Forest (1988); William Least Heat-Moon’s Prairy-Erth (1991), a 600-page exploration of a single county of tallgrass prairie in the Kansas Flint Hills; Rick Bass’s description of land conservation efforts in the far northwestern corner of Montana in The Book of Yaak (1996); Gary Nabhan’s southwestern ethnobotanical studies in The Desert Smells Like Rain (1982) – the sense of place that emerges from these and dozens of other contemporary works that might be termed bioregional is informed by an ecological understanding of the interdependence, interconnectedness, and adaptation of all living systems.
II The heyday of regional writing was roughly between the Civil War and the early years of the twentieth century. Regional writers tended to work in the short-story form, and their work detailed the lives of characters from a variety of mainly rural geographical areas. Although its choice of subject-matter was often assumed by its contemporary readers to be a conservative or antimodern response to the material conflicts of an urbanizing nation, regional writing was deeply implicated in the social contests of its own era.
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