The Ecological Poetics of James Dickey: A Study in How Landscape Shapes the Being of Man

The Ecological Poetics of James Dickey: A Study in How Landscape Shapes the Being of Man

By: Sue Brannan Walker (author)Hardback

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This provocative study makes a major contribution to our understanding of a major poet and helps us to see James Dickey's poetic and fictional corpus in an entirely new light. It is an intelligent study exploring how the dynamic between nature and humanity animates many of Dickey's major works. This is an ecocritical study of how the environment is integral to James Dickey's three novels, Deliverance, Alnilam, and To the White Sea as well as his nineteen-poem sequence, Puella and his religio-environmental poem, "May Day Sermon to the Women of Gilmer County, Georgia, by a Woman Preacher Leaving the Baptist Church." This study reads the aforementioned work of James Dickey in conjunction with the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, particularly his thoughts on language as the house of Being, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty's notions of the chiasm in The Visible and the Invisible. Nature (capitalized) refers to the landscape, the terrain, the wild, and human nature that effects and shapes Being, both internal and external. It is revealed in and through language that describes how human beings conceive of self. Landscape, region, religion, psychology, ecology, technology, and war are intertwined in conveying {wo}man's place in Nature as revealed in Dickey's work.


Foreword by Joyce Morrow Pair; Acknowledgements; 1. Chapter 1: Introduction; 2. Chapter 2: The River: Mouth, Metaphor, and the Chiasmic Deep Ecology of Deliverance; 3. Chapter 3: The Universe Will Tell Us Where We Are: Nails, Glasses, Goggles, Earth, Air, Sound, Sextant, Navigator, and Self in Alnilam; 4. Chapter 4: The Chiasmic Eco-Humanimal of James Dickey's To the White Sea; 5. Chapter 5: Woman as Nature/Nature as Woman: Interiority and Exteriority, Psychic Life, The Environment, and the Deep Ecology of James Dickey's Puella; 6. Chapter 6: In the Name of the Father: The Saying of Sex and Sin: "Day Sermon To The Women of Gilmer County, Georgia, By A Woman Preacher Leaving The Baptist Church; 7. Works Cited; 8. Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773444997
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 292
  • ID: 9780773444997
  • ISBN10: 0773444998

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