Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present
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Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

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Since colonial times, the sense of encountering an unseen, transcendental Presence within the natural world has been a characteristic motif in American literature and culture. American writers have repeatedly perceived in nature something beyond itself-and beyond themselves. In this book, John Gatta argues that the religious import of American environmental literature has...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 14th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2004)
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Hannes De vriese
Interesting study of the sacred in nature writing. Very large viewpoint (from settlers to contemporary authors). The field studied here constitutes without doubt an major dimension of nature writing.

A little dissapointed by the absence of a bibliography. Some minor issues with layout.

Must-read for anyone interested in nature writing.
Mark
It's hard to give five stars to an academic book, without compelling narrative or artistry, but this is an extremely well-done academic book. It's a good survey of just what the subtitle says it is. I'm not sure it advances its own argument, but it's a good way to get an overview of the milestones in environmental and religious thought in America. I would have liked a bibliography, as I'm now probably going to need to read everything he references, but that's a minor point. Very well done, heart...more
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