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Kathleen JamieEssays and Poems on Her work$
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Rachel Falconer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696000

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.001.0001

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‘The Tilt from One Parish to Another’: The Tree House and Findings

‘The Tilt from One Parish to Another’: The Tree House and Findings

(p.84) 8. ‘The Tilt from One Parish to Another’: The Tree House and Findings
Kathleen Jamie

Peter Mackay

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter addresses the questions of how humans interact with the natural landscape and the status of poets – as opposed to scientists and activists – in this interaction. It focuses on the recent poetry of Kathleen Jamie in the context of contemporary ecocriticism and prose non-fiction accounts of Scottish ‘nature’ and especially the ‘wild’, including Jamie’s own Findings and Sightlines and the work of Robert McFarlane and Alasdair MacIntosh. The essay will address the extent to which our relationship with the environment is –problematically – portrayed as one of communion or community, and whether this is a re-emergence of (Utopian) versions of the pastoral, in which ‘nature’ is always already destroyed or necessarily forever beyond reach.

Keywords:   Kathleen Jamie, The Tree House, Findings, Sightlines, Wild, Nature, Ecocriticism, Pastoral, Literature and environment

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