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11. Introducing “Eco” to the Homies: A Liberal Professor’s Activist Approach

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1. Title Title of document 11. Introducing “Eco” to the Homies: A Liberal Professor’s Activist Approach - Investigative Creative Writing
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Mark Spitzer; University of Central Arkansas; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) writing pedagogy
4. Subject Keyword(s) Bush administration; Nobel lecture; glaciers; global warming; ecosystem; hell in a handbag
5. Subject Subject classification creative writing pedagogy
6. Description Abstract As planetary temperatures and sea levels rise, I reflect on why teaching environmental subject matter is so urgent these days. Following that, I review the syllabus, which lists work by Bill McKibbin, Al Gore, Charles Bukowski, Robert Hass, Denise Levertov, Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, Edward Abbey, Antler, Galway Kinnell, Frank Stanford, Dave Foreman, and the documentaries The 11th Hour, Gasland, and parts 1 and 2 of Cadillac Desert. The idea of “environmental writing” is contrasted to the pastoral tradition of “nature writing,” and then I dissect the Greek and Lower Latin forms of the word “eco” (home) along with the tradition of eco-writing, which goes back to The Gilgamesh Epic. Henry David Thoreau’s vision of the division between “Wildness” and “civilization” is considered, and so are the frightening facts of climate change, increasingly destructive weather patterns, overpopulation, food shortages, fossil-fuel dependency, voluntary “self-regulation,” mass extinction, nuclear proliferation, the Whole Fracking Enchilada! A real cheery, positive piece to drive home the message that if we don’t have an environment, we ain’t got squat.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jan-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.34900
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Investigative Creative Writing
16. Language English=en en
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