Writing Environments

Edited by Sidney I. Dobrin & Christopher J. Keller

Subjects: Environmental Studies, English Education, Composition And Rhetoric Studies, Communication, Writing
Paperback : 9780791463321, 389 pages, January 2005
Hardcover : 9780791463314, 389 pages, February 2005

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Table of contents


Why Writing Environments: An Introduction
Sidney I. Dobrin and Christopher J. Keller

Taking Back the Language: An Interview with Annette Kolodny


Where Writing Takes Place: A Response to Annette Kolodny
Lynn Worsham

Developing Feminist-Environmental Rhetorics: A Response to Annette Kolodny
Elizabeth A. Flynn

Response to Flynn and Worsham
Annette Kolodny


Writing Activism: An Interview with Rick Bass


Avenues of Activism: A Response to Rick Bass
Christian R. Weisser

The Active Voice
Sid Dobrin


Writing Nature, Making Connections: An Interview with David Quammen


Natural Diversity: A Response to David Quammen
Christopher Schroeder

Of Gardens and Classrooms, Plants and Discourse: A Response to David Quammen
Christopher J. Keller


Writing with Intent: An Interview with Janisse Ray


Making Arguments: A Response to Janisse Ray
Julie Drew

Ecocomposition, Activist Writing, and Natural Ecosystems: A Response to Janisse Ray
Eric Otto


The Quest for Truth: An Interview with Max Oelschlaeger


Mapping Babel: A Response to Max Oelschlaeger
M. Jimmie Killingsworth

In Response to Max Oelschlaeger
Derek Owens

A Reconsideration of Wild Discourse: Response to Killingsworth and Owens
Max Oelschlaeger


Writing the Native American Life: An Interview with Simon Ortiz


Rethinking Responsibility: A Response to Simon Ortiz
Scott Richard Lyons

Dear Simon: A Response to Simon Ortiz
Malea Powell


Stories for the Earth: An Interview with Scott Russell Sanders


The Grounded Voice: A Response to Scott Russell Sanders
Lezlie Laws

One Tribe among the Host of Living Tribes: A Response to Scott Russell Sanders
Sushil K. Oswal


Ecocriticism, Writing, and Academia: An Interview with Cheryll Glotfelty


Writing, Nature, and Composing Bridges: A Response to Cheryll Glotfelty
Kaye Adkins

Where the Fusang Grows: A Response to Cheryll Glotfelty
Dean Swinford

Response to Adkins and Swinford
Cheryll Glotfelty


Writing Natural History: An Interview with Ann Zwinger


Rambling: A Response to Ann Zwinger
Randall Roorda

The Mud Puddle and the Rose: A Response to Ann Zwinger
Annie Merrill Ingram

Response to Roorda and Ingram
Ann Zwinger


Writing the Scientific Life: An Interview with Edward O. Wilson


Contradictory Stances toward Interdisciplinarity: A Response to E. O. Wilson from a Rhetorician of Science
J. Blake Scott

Science, the Humanities, and the Public Intellectual: A Response to E. O. Wilson
Christian R. Weisser




Including interviews with several of America's leading environmental writers, this volume addresses the intersections between writing and nature.


Writing Environments addresses the intersections between writing and nature through interviews with some of America's leading environmental writers. Those interviewed include Rick Bass, Cheryll Glotfelty, Annette Kolodny, Max Oelschlaeger, Simon J. Ortiz, David Quammen, Janisse Ray, Scott Russell Sanders, Edward O. Wilson, and Ann H. Zwinger. From the standpoints of activists, scientists, naturalists, teachers, and highly visible writers, the interviewees consider how different environments have influenced them, how their writing affects environments, and the ways readers experience environments. The interviews are followed by critical responses from writing scholars. This diverse range of voices speaks lucidly and captivatingly about topics such as place, writing, teaching, politics, race, and culture, and how these overlap in many complex ways.

Sidney I. Dobrin is Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at the University of Florida. He has published many books, including (with Christian R. Weisser) Natural Discourse: Toward Ecocomposition, also published by SUNY Press. Christopher J. Keller is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas-Pan American.