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Ecocriticism in Unexpected Places

September 27, 2013
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
423/424 Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus

Ecocriticism in Unexpected Places

Kent Ryden, USM Faculty

Ecocriticism consists of examining texts for their environmental implications, for the light they shed on relationships between humans and what we tend to call "the natural world." Ecocritics primarily focus on literary texts, but I am interested in the ways in which ecocritical principles can be applied to other areas of study, including (or especially) those which, on the surface, don't appear to be particularly "green." In this talk, I will draw on examples from the fields of mathematics, print culture, and music.


Friday, September 27

10am to 11:30

423/424 Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus


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Kent Ryden

Kent Ryden is Director and Professor of American and New England Studies. (Ph.D., Brown University). He joined the ANES faculty in 1994. He majored in English and history at Carroll College in Wisconsin, has a master's degree in English from the University of Connecticut, and earned his Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. He received the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for his dissertation, a revised version of which became his first book, Mapping the Invisible Landscape: Folklore, Writing, and the Sense of Place. He is also the author of Sum of the Parts: The Mathematics and Politics of Region, Place, and Writing and Landscape with Figures: Nature and Culture in New England. He writes and teaches in a variety of areas, including environmental humanities, regional literature, cultural geography, folklore, and print culture. Learn more about Kent Ryden.


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