In the Mind's Eye: Essays Across the Animate World

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September 2008



In this collection of exquisite essays, Elizabeth Dodd explores the natural and human history of sites in the American Southwest, the caves of southern France, the Kansas grasslands, and the forests of the Pacific Northwest. "In the Mind's Eye" considers the artistic and creative impulses of those who preceded us, making sense of the different ways in which they--and we--express our experiences of landscape in words and images. Hiking to find ancient petroglyphs in the American Southwest, canoeing black-water rivers to reach ancient trees in the coastal Southeast, and considering artists as varied as Georgia O'Keeffe and the poet of "Beowulf," Dodd discerns the nature of place as well as our place in nature. Combining lyrical narrative, reflection, history, and science, Dodd invites readers to consider their aesthetic ancestors and connect with the legacies of these landscapes.


Setting Forth in Their Footprints; Memory's Hills; Cold Meditations; Walden, Woods; Canonicity; In the Mind's Eye; Here the Animal; La Descente; In Situ; Fragments; The Shannon Creek Eagles; Bones of Fear; Aspects; In Such a Homecoming; The Kingdom; The Scribe in the WoodsBibliography


Elizabeth Dodd is a professor of English at Kansas State University. She is the author of several books, including "Archetypal Light" and "Prospect: Journeys and Landscapes."


"In these exquisitely rendered essays, Dodd (Archetypal Light) explores the intersections of the arts and the natural world, often coming up with unexpected and insightful conclusions. Dodd serves as an inviting guide to everything from the ancient mammoth cave paintings of Chauvet in France to the joys of owning a wood-stove. Drawing from various sources, Dodd creates a cohesive network of connections between mediums and ideas, as in the essay "Canonicity," which smoothly interweaves personal reflections on the southwestern landscape with an analysis of Georgia O'Keeffe's early paintings of that region. Dodd's adventures and reflections often center on the desire to understand the world inhabited by our primitive ancestors. In essays such as "Aspects," in which she searches for a mastodon cave drawing in Moab, Utah, she ponders the past with an acute melancholy. Dodd displays her English professor chops in the essay "Cold Meditations," which contemplates the world of Beowulf in relation to the author's personal isolation and study of nature. Most characteristically, "In Situ" combines a stirring travelogue through Colorado with prolonged meditations on the wider meanings of art." Publishers Weekly, September 2008 "With her keen observations, her probing intellect, her sheer joy and delight at discovery, Dodd has made a provocative, companionable travel guide over the animate landscape." Lisa Knopp, author of Interior Places "Elizabeth Dodd takes herself to where the footprints are, to where the rock art is, to the mighty cypress in the final chapter, and along the way she instructs as she narrates and, with her poetic grasp of language, awes and entertains. She has a curiosity that is infectious and seldom entirely fulfilled. To read her is to be informed while being swept along by the lyricism of the language." William Kloefkorn, author of This Death by Drowning
EAN: 9780803215665
ISBN: 0803215665
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2008
Seitenanzahl: 347 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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