"Troubling Wilderness": the GYE and wildlands fire
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
The complications and loose boundaries of what nature “is” has been an area of inquiry and mediation for some time within eco-criticism and the interdisciplinary approaches of environmental humanities. One of the groundbreaking texts in this area is William Cronon’s essay, titled “The Trouble with Wilderness”, which appeared in the New York Times Magazine in 1995, reaching a much larger and broader audience than its subsequent volume publication. This memorandum paper proposes to examine various conceptions of wilderness and various pre-conceptions of what constitutes “interference”, beginning with the precepts contained in the above essay, and then tracing these in three specific text collections: discussions on wildfire policy from the Yellowstone National Park fires in 1988 and the continuing discussions at the time of this writing, as wildfires burn across the blurred landscape denominations of three Western states (Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon); media coverage and decision-making documents concerning the establishment of one of the most recent NATURA 2000 sites in Sweden, Ojnareskogen on Gotland; and a primary creative text, written by a fire ranger and one of the most established poets in America, Gary Snyder, the first poem from his first published collection, and three critical approaches/overlayers to it, which, taken together, trouble the idea of untouched nature, of wilderness.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20711OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20711DiVA: diva2:874983
Consuming the Environment, 26-27 November 2015, Gävle, Sweden