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The Resource Dripping dry : literature, politics, and water in the desert Southwest, David N. Cassuto

Dripping dry : literature, politics, and water in the desert Southwest, David N. Cassuto

Label
Dripping dry : literature, politics, and water in the desert Southwest
Title
Dripping dry
Title remainder
literature, politics, and water in the desert Southwest
Statement of responsibility
David N. Cassuto
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
More than any other single characteristic, aridity defines the American West. Water scarcity and its biologically critical function have also molded the regional literature of the region. Using novels by Barbara Kingsolver, Edward Abbey, John Steinbeck and Mary Austin, Dripping Dry combines literary analysis with environmental criticism to demonstrate how the myths that have pervaded the regional literature of the West have interacted with the myths that have shaped water policy throughout the twentieth century. The four works selected (Animal Dreams, The Monkey Wrench Gang, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Ford) present a composite portrait of reclamation, which the author argues is one of the most important cultural and ecological phenomena in the nation's history. The tensions and contradictions presented by the novels underscore the compelling need for an ecocritique of the relationship between literature and politics. David N. Cassuto deciphers the myths of reclamation and restoration and presents a third alternative--sustainability--in their stead. The challenge is a large one, because of the size and complexity of the region and because nature continues to evolve and create itself, a process involving language, ideology, and the land. The book is designed to be an interdisciplinary contribution both to the emerging field of literature and the environment, as well as to environmental studies
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
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Cassuto, David N.
Dewey number
810.9/358
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS277
LC item number
.C37 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in literature and science
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Authors, American
  • Water-supply
  • Politics and literature
  • Water-supply
  • Water
  • Deserts in literature
  • Water in literature
  • Southwest, New
  • Southwest, New
Label
Dripping dry : literature, politics, and water in the desert Southwest, David N. Cassuto
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Revision of the author's thesis
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-187) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The birth of the hydraulic conflict -- River wars : Los Angeles, the Owens Valley, and Mary Austin's The ford -- Turning wine into water : water's crucial absence in The grapes of wrath -- Waging water : hydrology versus mythology in The monkey wrench gang -- The environmental system : animal dreams and the rhetoric of environment -- Imaging sustainability
Control code
44868825
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 206 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780472067565
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
00010715
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Dripping dry : literature, politics, and water in the desert Southwest, David N. Cassuto
Publication
Note
Revision of the author's thesis
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-187) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The birth of the hydraulic conflict -- River wars : Los Angeles, the Owens Valley, and Mary Austin's The ford -- Turning wine into water : water's crucial absence in The grapes of wrath -- Waging water : hydrology versus mythology in The monkey wrench gang -- The environmental system : animal dreams and the rhetoric of environment -- Imaging sustainability
Control code
44868825
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 206 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780472067565
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
00010715
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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