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Writing Nature in Cold War American Literature$
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Sarah Daw

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474430029

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474430029.001.0001

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Introduction: Ecocriticism and the Mid-Twentieth Century

Introduction: Ecocriticism and the Mid-Twentieth Century

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(p.1) Introduction: Ecocriticism and the Mid-Twentieth Century
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Writing Nature in Cold War American Literature
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Sarah Daw

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474430029.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins by contextualising the study, discussing the representation of Nature in early Cold War American culture and the emergence of modern environmentalism from 1945. The chapter also outlines the book’s argument that whilst the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) is understandably viewed as a watershed moment in terms of raising environmental consciousness in America, Silent Spring should also be considered as part of a developing trend of ecological portrayals of Nature in American literature written after 1945. This opening chapter also situates the book’s argument within the field of Cold War literary studies and introduces the book’s ecocritical methodology, including its sustained engagement with Timothy Morton’s ideas of ‘the mesh’ and ‘the ecological thought’ as outlined in The Ecological Thought (2010).

Keywords:   Ecocritical, Silent Spring, Cold War, Environmentalism, Timothy Morton

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