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Writing Nature in Cold War American Literature

Sarah Daw


Writing Nature is the first full-length ecocritical study of Cold War American literature. The book analyses the function and representation of Nature in a wide range of Cold War texts, and reveals the prevalence of portrayals of Nature as an infinite, interdependent ecological system in American literature written between 1945 and 1971. It also highlights the Cold War’s often overlooked role in environmental history, and argues for the repositioning of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) within what is shown to be a developing trend of ecological presentations of Nature in literature written ... More

Keywords: American Literature, Nature, Cold War, Ecocriticism, Ecology, J. D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Bowles, Mary McCarthy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474430029
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474430029.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Daw, author