Essay On Anthropocentric Nature Writing By Bill Mckibben 's '

819 Words Jan 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Anthropocentric Nature Writing in the “Introduction” to Walden Bill McKibben’s “Introductin” to Walden, telling of a backpacking trip into the New York Adirondacks, is a great example of nature writing. Nature writing has a tendency to be anthropocentric, fueling consumerism in its readers. By contrast, the hallmarks of environmental writing are an attempt to create an awareness for issues concerning the environment in a biocentric point of view and to convey the detrimental effects of humanity’s impact on the world. The first four paragraphs of Bill McKibben’s “Introduction” to Walden exemplify nature writing in many aspects, chiefly thorough an anthropocentric focus throughout the passage which negates any attempts at environmental writing. The chief difference between environmental and nature writing, in part, stems from the writings focusing on distinctly different aspects of the same subject. Timothy Clark writes that pieces nature writing are “usually meditative accounts of natural landscapes and wildlife,” focusing on the idyllic, but not entirely authentic, aspect of nature (5). Humans have, in reality, left that which nature writing describes in varying states of unnatural. A poignant example of this is that the side of a highway could be more unaffected by humans than a nature reserve (Clark 7). The ignorance of this reality demonstrates the anachronistic character which Clark ascribes to nature writing. Human intrusion and its impact on the world, which has…

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