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Writing Nature in Cold War American Literature

Sarah Daw

Hardback (Forthcoming)
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First book-length ecocritical study of Cold War American literature

Compelling analyses of the function and representation of Nature in a wide range of Cold War fiction and poetry by authors including Paul Bowles, J. D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Mary McCarthy reveals the prevalence of portrayals of Nature as an infinite, interdependent system in American literature written between 1945 and 1971.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Attaining fana in Paul Bowles’s Infinite Landscapes
2. Nature and the Nuclear Southwest: Peggy Pond Church and J. Robert Oppenheimer
3. The Influence of Chinese and Japanese Literature on J. D. Salinger’s Philosophy of Nature
4. The Beat Ecologies of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac
5. Bifurcated Nature in Mary McCarthy’s Birds of America
Conclusion: ‘Know that the Earth will Madonna the Bomb’
Index.

About the Author

Sarah Daw is currently the Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at the Department of English at University of Bristol. She has a chapter, ‘The “dark ecology” of the Bomb: Writing the Nuclear as a part of “Nature” in Cold War American Literature’ in Dark Nature: Anti-Pastoral Essays in American Literature and Culture, ed. Richard J. Schneider (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) Series: Ecocritical Theory and Practice. She is the editorial assistant for the Journal of American Studies.

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