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In Going Away to Think, ecocritic Scott Slovic offers a selection of seventeen essays that include travel narratives, meditations on the social role of ecological literary criticism, responses to socially engaged literary and scholarly texts, and demonstrations of the author’s own forays into literary activism.
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Scott Slovic is Professor of Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. The author and editor of such books as Seeking Awareness in American Nature Writing: Henry Thoreau, Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry, Barry Lopez and Getting Over the Color Green: Contemporary Environmental Literature of the Southwest, he served as the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. He has edited ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment since 1995.From Publishers Weekly:
In this uneven essay collection that veers between the pedantic and profound, Slovic looks through the lens of literature and life to examine the balance between activism and contemplation: the responsibility... to be fully present in this life and the responsibility... to be involved with the transgressions and the opportunities of my community. Some essays are almost purely didactic, such as Ecocriticism, which outlines essential but hardly earth-shattering strategies for ecological writing: storytelling, values (a rejection of supposed scholarly neutrality), communication (so much literary scholarship is unreadable garbage) and contact. At other times Slovic is subtle, poetic and provocative, as in Be Prepared for the Worst, a deeply moving warning against the sweet sadness of future remorse that demonstrates how a personal worst—the death of Slovic's own child, for example—holds more emotional sharpness than hugely tragic but slow-moving, large, systemic patterns like ecological deterioration. Despite the academic tone, Slovic's struggle to engage meaningfully with humanity and art in order to fight for a natural world he loves will resonate with readers grappling with their own balancing acts between the personal and planetary. (Sept.)
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Book Description University of Nevada Press, Reno, 2008. Softcover. Condition: New. 264 pages. Softcover. New book. ENVIRONMENT. Scott Slovic has spent his life as a teacher, writer, environmental activist, and leader in the field of ecocritical literary studies. In Going Away to Think, he reflects on the twin motivations of his life—the commitment to do some good in the world and the impulse to enjoy life and participate fully in its most intense moments—and he examines the tension created by his efforts to balance these two poles of his responsibility. These essays reveal the complex inner life of one of this generation's most important environmental critics and literary activists. They range from profound discussions of the role and responsibilities of scholarship to deeply personal ruminations on the impact of family crises and the influence of his wide-ranging travels. Scott Slovic is a professor of Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. The author, editor, or coeditor of many books, his research specialties include American environmental literature, the relation between narrative discourse and environmental values, autobiography and environmental experience, and environmental rhetoric. He offers courses in American literature, comparative literature, literary nonfiction, and composition. "What is the relationship between literature and the world, between art and activism? In this beautifully written, inspiring book, Scott Slovic takes these questions on with fearlessness, sensitivity, and grace. The answers he posits are the most satisfying and insightful to date." -Joni Adamson, coeditor of The Environmental Justice Reader "Many will read Going Away to Think and have the same reaction I had--recognizing the tensions they've felt without consciously identifying or being able to articulate them before. . . .These issues have never been so well articulated or identified. Most of all, the book demonstrates how all these conflicting purposes and desires can be synthesized, balanced, brought into a conjunction that is beautiful in its creativity, startling in its clear-sighted intelligence, utterly convincing, and thoroughly moving." —-Ian Marshall, author of Peak Experiences: Walking Meditations on Literature, Nature, and Need "This is a thinking man's book. You are well-advised to wear your seat-belt at all times." -Wild Blue Yonder "Slovic's struggle to engage meaningfully with humanity and art in order to fight for a natural world he loves will resonate with readers grappling with their own balancing acts between the personal and planetary." -Publisher's Weekly ".recommended reading for all environmental activists and non-specialist general readers with an interest in environmental issues." -The Midwest Book Review (Key Words: Scott Slovic, Environmental Activism, Environmental Issues). book. Seller Inventory # 84519X1
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