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Bedrock and paradox; the literary landscape of Edward Abbey.


Bedrock and paradox; the literary landscape of Edward Abbey.

Pozza, David M.

Peter Lang Publishing Inc


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The writings of Edward Abbey (1927-1989), while often focusing on environmental issues as in the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang and the collection of essays titled Desert Solitaire, also dealt with a wide range of other topics, including philosophy, politics, art, travel, and personal experience and often blurred the lines between fiction and non-fiction, posing difficulties to any who would wish to label and classify his works. Viewing such efforts as a mistake, Pozza (English, Lock Haven U.) prefers to deal with Abbey's work as whole, seeking to identify the common, if sometimes contradictory, philosophical and aesthetic elements found in his corpus. He suggests that Abbey's philosophy and aesthetic is best described as a model of contradiction and contrariness that displays a marked resistance to control and an attraction to the paradoxical and irreconcilable. Quoting Abbey himself: "We write, most importantly, to defend the diversity and freedom of mankind from those forces in our modern techno-industrial culture that would reduce us all, if we let them, to the status of things, objects, raw material, personnel; to the ranks of subjects."

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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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