Reconnecting with John Muir

Reconnecting with John Muir

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Advancing for the first time the concept of qpost-pastoral practice, q Reconnecting with John Muir springs from Terry Gifford's understanding of the great naturalist as an exemplar of integrated, environmentally conscious knowing and writing. Just as the discourses of science and the arts were closer in Muir's day--in part, arguably, because of Muir--it is time we learned from ecology to recognize how integrated our own lives are as readers, students, scholars, teachers, and writers. When we defy the institutional separations, purposely straying from narrow career tracks, the activities of reading, scholarship, teaching, and writing can inform each other in a holistic qpost-pastoralq professional practice. Healing the separations of culture and nature represents the next way forward from the current crossroads in the now established field of ecocriticism. The mountain environment provides a common ground for the diverse modes of engagement and mediation Gifford discusses. By attempting to understand the meaning of Muir's assertion that qgoing to the mountains is going home, q Gifford points us toward a practice of integrated reading, scholarship, teaching, and writing that is adequate to our environmental crisis.Essays in Post-Pastoral Practice Terry Gifford. 10. environmentaquot; provides us with reminders of our continuity with it, as much as our current alienation from it, is a literary tool as old as oral literature itself. ... With Guilded Hollins Primary School, Wigan, I ran a schoolbased weekend of environmental creative writing with pupilsanbsp;...

Title:Reconnecting with John Muir
Author:Terry Gifford
Publisher:University of Georgia Press - 2010-01-25


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