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A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History

Edited by Alan C. Braddock and Christoph Irmscher

Questions of ecology—both as they appear in the works of nature writers and in the works of literary writers for whom place and the land are central issues—have long been of interest to literary critics, and have given rise over the last two decades to the now firmly established field of ecocriticism. The essays in this volume, written by art historians and literary critics, seek to bring the study of American art into the expanding discourse of ecocriticism.

"By aligning art history with the interdisciplinary practice of eco-ecoriticism, this vibrant collection offers an approach to American visual culture that will speak to readers across the Humanities. The essays span an array of genres and time periods.... Braddock and Irmscher's introduction lucidly defines the theory and practice of eco-criticism and will prove indispensable to students as well as scholars. I will soon be teaching from this uncommon book."
Laura Rigal, author of the The American Manufactory