The Environment as Literary Theme The Issue

The Issue

(Society and Self, Critical Representations in Literature)

Literature in North America has evolved through various movements, each of which has addressed the theme of environment. In the various genres of essay, fiction, and poetry, writers of these various movements have sought to explore in what ways the environment defines who they are, how society develops in harmony or in discord with its surroundings, and what the human potential for understanding the natural world is.