A Thousand Acres | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Barbara Mathieson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of A Thousand Acres.
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Critical Essay by Barbara Mathieson

SOURCE: “The Polluted Quarry: Nature and Body in A Thousand Acres,” in Transforming Shakespeare: Contemporary Women's Re-Visions in Literature and Performance, edited by Marianne Novy, St. Martin's Press, 1999, pp. 127–44.

In the following essay, Mathieson discusses how Smiley presents nature and man's relationship to it in A Thousand Acres.

The recognition of nature's shaping influence on human identity is a fundamental recognition, one that is shared by many non-Western cultures. Severing or denying human dependency on our relationship with nature is necessary only to the construction of the master identity, which lies at the center of the alienation of Western culture. …

—Greta Gaard1

“Different views on Nature,” writes John Danby, “are not differences of opinion only. They are felt as so many stubborn...

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