EN 1700 Lecture Notes - Nature Writing, A Fable, Songbird

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Published on 16 Oct 2011
York University
EN 1700
Monday, December 6, 2010
Rhetoric is the art of persuasion
Using words, patterns of words, metaphors, etc.
Rebel writers
Warn us against propaganda’s
We can learn to be performers of the word and not just listeners
Ideas and controversies that they raise are really about the educated mind
Educated mind how you know, how you think
o Speculation
o One that resists the faults, simplicities of black and white issues
Doesn’t shy away from doubt, maybe accepting a fault which would maybe alter
everything you believe in
Carson’s Calls to Action
Non-fiction writer
Environmental writer
Put environmental issues on the back
Serialized in the New Yorker
Rapidly into government inquires
Triggered the first green peace mission
Lead to the creation of the environmental protection agency
Banning of worst pesticides DDT (1972)
About pesticides, DDT, how it works, how it affects people and wildlife
Radical critique of humanities blind faith in technological progress
Arrogance involved in attempting to take over nature
Very wide range of issues
Ecologically destroyed systems
Giving away property to corporations
Blending traditions together
Nature writing
Carson is not writing a romantic narrative, she is blending with the notion of nature,
really hardcore science writing
She using literature
Making scientific information understandable
“A Fable for Tomorrow”
o Gives a picture of a world that has been stripped of beauty
o Pesticides have killed everything
o “The people had done it to themselves”
Her moral is a plea to pay attention and to action
Rhetoric and Style
She takes risks
Really withstood the tests of time
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