Writing Nature in Cold War American Literature (Hardcover)
First book-length ecocritical study of Cold War American literature
Compelling analyses of the function and representation of Nature in a wide range of Cold War fiction and poetry by authors including Paul Bowles, J. D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Mary McCarthy reveals the prevalence of portrayals of Nature as an infinite, interdependent system in American literature written between 1945 and 1971.
Daw astutely highlights the Cold War's often overlooked role in environmental history and argues that Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962) can be considered as part of a trend of increasingly ecological depictions of Nature in literature written after 1945. By exploring the most recent developments in the field of ecocriticism, the book is embedded within current ecocritical debates concerning the Anthropocene and anthropogenic climate change.
- Contains five case studies of six Cold War writers: Paul Bowles, Peggy Pond Church, J. D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Mary McCarthy
- Offers an in-depth exploration of the influences behind each writer's presentation of Nature
- Shows the Cold War to be a time of seismic change in the human's relationship to the environment, and demonstrates the degree to which this inflects Cold War literature
- Engages with the most recent developments in the field of ecocriticism, which drive the study's analytical methodology and embed the book within current ecocritical debates
About the Author
Sarah Daw is Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol. She is the author of Writing Nature in Cold War American Literature (EUP 2018), and numerous articles, including 'The 'dark ecology' of the Bomb: Writing the Nuclear as a part of Nature in Cold War American Literature', Dark Nature: Anti-Pastoral Essays in American Literature and Culture, ed. Richard J. Schneider (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), '"If he chooses to speak from these roots" Entanglement and Uncertainty in Charles Olson's "Quantum" Ecopoetics', Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 23.4 (2019), 350-366, 'The Art and Science of Form: Muriel Rukeyser, Charles Olson and F. O. Matthiessen at Mid-century', Palgrave Handbook of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Science and Literature, ed. Priscilla Wald.