Lawrence Buell (essay date 1995)
SOURCE: Buell, Lawrence. “Pastoral Ideology.” In The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture, pp. 31-52. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1995.
[In the following excerpt, Buell discusses the distinct manner in which nineteenth-century women depicted nature.]
The feminist critique of wilderness romance should not block us from seeing how pastoral modes have functioned as a means of empowerment for women writers. While researching environmental writing and commentary from Thoreau's day to ours, I was surprised to find a significant degree of interdependence between the “major” male figures...
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