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The Wild That Attracts Us: New Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers ed. by ShaunAnne Tangney (review)

The Wild That Attracts Us: New Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers ed. by ShaunAnne Tangney (review) Studies in American Naturalism vol. 10, no. 2 seasons, Garland's autobiographical writing illustrates the wide range of human activities that take place on the prairie. Most interesting here are the social interactions, family dynamics, and roles of women (particularly wives) in farm labor. Of particular personal appeal are the descriptive ice skating scenes in "The Voice of Spring," which highlights Garland's youthful moments of leisure. While reading other scenes evoking what Morris calls the "toil and tribulations of working the land," I found myself wondering how "Boy Life on the Prairie" fits in with evolutionary discourse, so a brief mention of Darwin in the introduction or conclusion may have helped this project. As a scholar pursuing a project on the ecological impulse in American naturalism, I find Prairie Visions a truly original work of creative scholarship. Through its unique aesthetic and groundbreaking subject matter, the brilliant book uncovers a "deeper beauty" inherent in Hamlin Garland's poignant poetics of place. --Cara Erdheim Kilgallen, Sacred Heart University The Wild That Attracts Us: New Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers, edited by ShaunAnne Tangney. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015. xxix + 310 pp. Cloth, $55.00. Ezra Pound once defined culture http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Naturalism uni_neb

The Wild That Attracts Us: New Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers ed. by ShaunAnne Tangney (review)

Studies in American Naturalism , Volume 10 (2) – Sep 30, 2016

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Studies in American Naturalism vol. 10, no. 2 seasons, Garland's autobiographical writing illustrates the wide range of human activities that take place on the prairie. Most interesting here are the social interactions, family dynamics, and roles of women (particularly wives) in farm labor. Of particular personal appeal are the descriptive ice skating scenes in "The Voice of Spring," which highlights Garland's youthful moments of leisure. While reading other scenes evoking what Morris calls the "toil and tribulations of working the land," I found myself wondering how "Boy Life on the Prairie" fits in with evolutionary discourse, so a brief mention of Darwin in the introduction or conclusion may have helped this project. As a scholar pursuing a project on the ecological impulse in American naturalism, I find Prairie Visions a truly original work of creative scholarship. Through its unique aesthetic and groundbreaking subject matter, the brilliant book uncovers a "deeper beauty" inherent in Hamlin Garland's poignant poetics of place. --Cara Erdheim Kilgallen, Sacred Heart University The Wild That Attracts Us: New Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers, edited by ShaunAnne Tangney. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015. xxix + 310 pp. Cloth, $55.00. Ezra Pound once defined culture

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