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Border Crossing in the New Literature of Place

Abstract : The new American nature writing is positioned at the borders drawn between the natural and the social, the human and the non-human, the civilized and the wild. In some contemporary works, the attempt to cross these borders has the perverse effect of reproducing them, or rather of revealing how the boundary lines move with the itinerant subject. Other recent writings work to erase divisions between the social and the natural. Inspired by the political and philosophical innovations of feminists and members of oppressed ethnic and racial groups, the new American Nature writers stress interaction and influence rather than duality and division. This essay studies a number of these writers in order to show how they rethink the cultural divisions between nature and society, attempting to redefine them as fault lines or zones of convergence rather than as frontiers between two distinct territories. These writers work toward a new aesthetics and a new conception of humanity's relation to the land.
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Wendy Harding. Border Crossing in the New Literature of Place. Diane Krumrey and Jessica Datema. Wretched Refuge : Immigrants and Itinerants in the Postmodern, Cambridge Scholars Press, pp.69-83, 2010, 1-4438-1904-2. ⟨hal-00719730⟩



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