Literary Criticism

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The Wild That Attracts Us: New Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers


Edited by ShaunAnne Tangney

The first collection in twenty years of essays on Robinson Jeffers, one of the great American poets of the twentieth century, this work signals the sea change in Jeffers scholarship, as well as the increasing breadth and depth of criticism of the literature of the American West. The essays assembled here highlight issues and theories critical to Jeffers studies, among them the advance of ecocriticism; the reimagining of regionalism as place studies; the continuing development of cultural studies and the new historicism; the increasingly poignant vector of science and literature; the new formalism, particularly as it pertains to narrative verse; and the glaring omission of feminist analysis in Jeffers scholarship. Jeffers has always appealed to a wider audience than many twentieth-century poets, and this book will speak to that general readership as well as to scholars and students.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

ShaunAnne Tangney is a professor of English at Minot State University, where she teaches American literature, critical theory, and creative writing. Her scholarly interests focus on the literature of the American West. She is also a poet, and her work has been published in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia.

ACCLAIM

“Tangney invigorates the recent ecocritical revival in Jeffers studies with this eclectic collection. . . . The essays in the present volume underscore both the ‘modern’ in Jeffers and his current relevance to new concerns.”

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“Provocative and entertaining.”

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Studies in American Naturalism




6 x 9 in. 344 pages 4 halftones, 1 map, 1 table