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Searching for Eden. Part 2: Wilderness in enclosure. Chapter 6: Regenerative violence

McLaren, John (1990) Searching for Eden. Part 2: Wilderness in enclosure. Chapter 6: Regenerative violence. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Contains a discourse on the literature of the New World - the new worlds of the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. During the twentieth century, migration has been from the country to the cities, and from the cities to extermination and refugee camps. The greatest extension of settlement will continue to be the expansion of cities in the wilderness or farming lands. To that end, much of the wilderness literature arises from disgust with cities and the material culture they breed. Like the romantic poets, wilderness writers seek in nature a renewal of a primal energy from which we have been separated by industrial capitalism, but rather than seeking this renewal through contemplation they seek an active partnership which will restore a unity of word and action they associate with the earliest societies of hunters and gatherers. Implicit in much of this work is the idea of man as the lonely hunter.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: wilderness literature, urban world, nature, culture, novels, MCLAREN-BOXD10-DOC9
Subjects: FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
Collections > McLaren Papers
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2011 01:28
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 04:12
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17570
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