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The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World

Alison Hawthorne Deming, Lauret E. Savoy

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ISBN 10: 1571312676 / ISBN 13: 9781571312679
Published by Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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This is the "revised edition" of 2011. First edition thus / first printing. Signed by Alison H. Deming on the title page. Book is fine, without faults. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # PC 36-17

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Title: The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and...

Publisher: Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as issued

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition thus

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The introduction and 17 essays in The Colors of Nature movingly address the question, What is the earth to people of color?” Exploring history, displacement, return, and relationship to place, these writers show that the ways Americans have impacted nature are inseparable from racism and inequities in economic and political power. Featured contributors include Jamaica Kincaid, bell hooks, Francisco X. Alarcon, Yusef Komunyakaa, Diane Glancy, and others.

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Our perception of nature is a cultural construct formed in part by nature writing, which has long been dominated by Euro-American voices. The exclusion of writings by people of color about place, nature's wonders, and our species' uncanny ability to wreak havoc on the natural world has skewed and limited the genre, and cheated society out of a fuller understanding of the connection between social injustice and environmental destruction. Coeditors Deming, a poet and nature writer, and Savoy, a geologist, begin to remedy this omission with their unprecedented and invaluable collection of forthright and bracing essays by writers of "diverse cultural origins and disciplinary backgrounds." Jamaica Kincaid and Francisco X. Alarcon write about nature and imperialism in the "New" World. American Indian writer Joseph Bruchac writes about owls, turkeys, turtles, and protecting his ancestors' burial grounds from developers. Memories of her Kentucky hill childhood inspire bell hooks to portray nature-wise "country black folks," while poets and scientists ardently and knowledgeably discuss everything from parrots to ethnobotany, and environmental racism. A salient contribution to the increasingly important nature-writing canon. Donna Seaman
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