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date: 31 October 2020

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This article examines the state of American nature writing and evaluates whether it has outlived its usefulness. It reviews several attempts to define nature writing as a genre and explores some recent critiques of nature, nature writing, and environmentalism. It argues that while the generic label “nature writing” may now be more trouble than it’s worth, the expansive sensibility expressed in much traditional nature writing still remains a useful tool with which to address the various humanistic challenges associated with sustainability.

Keywords: American nature writing, nature, environmentalism, sensibility, humanistic challenges, sustainability

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