Ornithologies of Desire

Ornithologies of Desire

Ecocritical Essays, Avian Poetics, and Don McKay

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Ornithologies of Desire develops ecocritical reading strategies that engage scientific texts, field guides, and observation. Focusing on poetry about birds and birdwatching, this book argues that attending to specific details about the physical world when reading environmentally conscious poetry invites a critical humility in the face of environmental crises and evolutionary history ... Reading McKay's work alongside ecology and ornithology, through flight and birdsong, both challenges assumptions regarding humans' place in the earth system and celebrates the sheer virtuosity of lyric poetry rich with associative as well as scientific detail. The resulting chapters, interchapters, and concordance of birds that appear in McKay's poetry encourage amateurs and specialists, birdwatchers and poetry readers, to reconsider birds in English literature on the page and in the field. --Book Jacket.
Publisher: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource (306 pages)

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