Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest

Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest : Region, Heritage, and Environment in the Rural Northeast

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Nearly 30 million acres of the Northern Forest stretch across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Within this broad area live roughly a million residents whose lives are intimately associated with the forest ecosystem and whose individual stories are closely linked to the region's cultural and environmental history. The fourteen engaging essays in "Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest" effectively explore the relationships among place, work, and community in this complex landscape. Together they serve as a stimulating introduction to the interdisciplinary study of this unique region. Each of the four sections views through a different lens the interconnections between place and people. The essayists in "Encounters" have their hiking boots on as they focus on personal encounters with flora and fauna of the region. The energizing accounts in "Teaching and Learning" question our assumptions about education and scholarship by proposing invigorating collaborations between teachers and students in ways determined by the land itself, not by the abstractions of pedagogy. With the freshness of Thoreau's irreverence, the authors in "Rethinking Place" look at key figures in the forest's literary and cultural development to help us think about the affiliations between place and citizenship. In 'Nature as Commodity', three essayists consider the ways that writers from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries thought about nature as a product and, thus, how their conclusions bear on the contemporary retailing of place. The writers in "Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest" reveal the rich affinities between a specific place and the literature, thought, and other cultural expressions it has nurtured. Their insightful and stimulating connections exemplify adventurous bioregional thinking that encompasses both natural and cultural realities while staying rooted in the particular landscape of some of the Northeast's wildest forests and oldest settlements.show more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 148 x 228 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 1587298562
  • 9781587298561

About John Elder

Pavel Cenkl is dean of academics and a professor of humanities and regional studies at Sterling College in Vermont. He is the author of This Vast Book of Nature: Writing the Landscape of New Hampshire's White Mountains, 1784-1911 (IOWA 2006).show more

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""Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest" celebrates the beauty and dynamism of a long-settled area that also holds one of the major forests of the earth. It exemplifies a venturesome and inventive moment in the unfurling of environmental studies. And it articulates a more vividly integrated vision of education and conservation alike."--from the foreword by John Elder "How good to see sharp thinkers engaging the mysteries and possibilities of one of the world's most interesting and hopeful corners, the mountains and woods of the northeast. This book will start many gears turning in your head!"--Bill McKibben, author, "Wandering Home" How good to see sharp thinkers engaging the mysteries and possibilities of one of the world s most interesting and hopeful corners, the mountains and woods of the northeast. This book will start many gears turning in your head! Bill McKibben, author, "Wandering Home" " "Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest" celebrates the beauty and dynamism of a long-settled area that also holds one of the major forests of the earth. It exemplifies a venturesome and inventive moment in the unfurling of environmental studies. And it articulates a more vividly integrated vision of education and conservation alike. from the foreword by John Elder "show more

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