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Virgin Forest: Meditations on History, Ecology, and Culture By Eric Zencey,

  • Title: Virgin Forest: Meditations on History, Ecology, and Culture
  • Author: Eric Zencey
  • ISBN: 9780820322001
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • With this remarkable book Eric Zencey changes the way we think about nature by changing how we think about history The ecological crisis is also a historical crisis, he writes If we are out of place in nature, we are also out of place in time, and the two kinds of exile are related Zencey s way home takes us many places to a starlit mountaintop, where a nineteenth cWith this remarkable book Eric Zencey changes the way we think about nature by changing how we think about history The ecological crisis is also a historical crisis, he writes If we are out of place in nature, we are also out of place in time, and the two kinds of exile are related Zencey s way home takes us many places to a starlit mountaintop, where a nineteenth century sect awaits the second coming to the northern woods during hunting season to the salt marshes of a Delaware childhood to the softball games and abandoned mill ponds of his adopted Vermont Always we are shown a world outside our preconceptions In the essay In Search of Virgin Forest we see that virgin forest is not the pure escape from civilization that romantics make of it Like the second growth forest around it, virgin forest too is a human construct, one whose different disturbance history is not natural but is equally the product of human perception and appropriation.A nationally acclaimed novelist, Zencey has brought together autobiography and philosophy to produce a work at once accessible and intellectually rigorous Perceptive, urgent, and lyrical, these essays are alive with warmth and wit and the occasional glint of melancholy Virgin Forest is a passionate call for ecological health It amply demonstrates as the final essay has it Why History Is Sublime if we suffer a postmodern lack of grounding, only a rooted in place ecological sensibility can supply our need, and historical understanding is its inescapable prerequisite.
    Virgin Forest Meditations on History Ecology and Culture With this remarkable book Eric Zencey changes the way we think about nature by changing how we think about history The ecological crisis is also a historical crisis he writes If we are out of place i

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    1. Intelligent reflections on various cultural preoccupations and strong undercurrents of thought both in American society at large and within environmentalism specifically A nice blend of personal, scholarly, and journalistic styles.I particularly liked the essay Rootless Professors, which drew some tentative conjectures about the consequences of having a very mobile academic class whose knowledge as well as personal experience is predominately abstract and cosmopolitan in nature, as opposed to l [...]

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