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Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature
by S.K. Robisch
The wolf is one of the most widely distributed canid species, historically ranging throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere. For millennia, it has also been one of the most pervasive images in human mythology, art, and psychology. Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature examines the wolf’s importance as a figure in literature from the perspectives of both the ani ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 28th 2009 by University of Nevada Press
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This was a really frustrating book to read, so much so I nearly gave up more than half-way through, but decided I just had to persevere. The whole thing is spun on Robisch's evident annoyance that writers who write fictional books about wolves don't treat them as if they're writing biological treatise. And goes on and on about it. I haven't come across a writer who likes to use 30 words when one would have sufficed quite as much as Robisch does in quite a long time. And what sentences - pick any ...more
This is an important book by a brilliant scholar. In a time when so much writing in the humanities (especially environmental literature) is marked by the dense, inaccessible language of theory, Robisch's book is refreshingly of the Earth. His subject is the wolf as it has been portrayed in science and literature, as it functions in Western mythology, and--with the caveat that there are indeed limits to our knowledge on the subject--of the wolf qua wolf. This book is a model of ecocriticism that, ...more
This book is flat-out brilliant. Beautifully written, filled with ideas, information, knowledge, insights--I couldn't put it down. This is the alhpa book of wolf books, and it raises the study of animals and our relationship with them to a new level of understanding. I love this book so much that I've bought over a dozen copies to give out as birthday and Christmas presents, and I suspect I'll be buying more. I cannot recall the last time I was so powerfully effected by a work of non-fiction.