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Environmental Justice Witnessing in the Modernist Poetry of Lola Ridge, Muriel Rukeyser, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Elizabeth Bishop


Abstract Environmental Justice Witnessing in the Modernist Poetry of Lola Ridge, Muriel Rukeyser, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Elizabeth Bishop analyzes the poetic forms used by four modernist American women poets to trace depictions of social oppression that are tied to specific landscapes. My focus is on what I term "environmental justice witnessing," which I define as accounts that testify to experiences of injustices that affect humans and the environments they inhabit. Integrating theories of witnessing, which to date have focused exclusively on humans, with environmental justice criticism, I fashion a lens that highlights the interconnectedness of social and environmental problems. In this way, I theorize the study of texts of witness and h... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Grieve, Sarah Elizabeth (Author) / Hogue, Cynthia (Advisor) / Adamson, Joni (Committee member) / Clarke, Deborah (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject American literature / Environmental justice / environmental justice / modernism / poetry / witnessing
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 226 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation English 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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