The works of Edward Abbey have been well known to general readers since the 1960’s. This volume, the first comprehensive collection of literary criticism devoted to the entire challenging corpus of Abbey’s fiction and nonfiction, couldn’t be more timely or significant.
From the perspective of his scholarly critics in Western American literature and environmental studies Ed Abbey is, in a word, problematic. As Peter Quigley, volume editor, comments, "The title of this collection refers to a number of references within Abbey’s work. The maze is a place of myriad canyons, of wonder, and a place where the desperadoes in The Monkey Wrench Gang could lose the authorities. The coyote refers to the slippery figure in Native American myth, a figure, known to Abbey, that always eluded definition an could slip out of every trap set to catch him." In this long-awaited anthology, eighteen intrepid scholars have chosen to ignore the coyote’s reputation, tracking Abbey in one masterful and illuminating essay after another through the canyons of anarchist politics, philosophy, feminist literary criticism, post-structuralism, and rhetoric, as well as nature and environmental theory and activism.
Peter Quigley is an editor of the journal Jeffers Studies and chair of the Humanities and Social Science Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Table of Contents:
Foreword I: The Roots of Abbey's Social Critique ~ Edward S. Twining
Foreword II: Magpie ~ SueEllen Campbell
"I'm a humanist": The Poetic Past in Desert Solitaire ~ David J. Rothman
Who Is the Lone Ranger?: Edwars Abbey as Philosopher ~ David Rothenberg
Nativity, Domesticity, and Exile in Edward Abbey's "One True Home" ~ Tom Lynch
Rage against the Machine: Edward Abbey and Neo-Luddite Thought ~ Paul Lindholdt
Edward Abbey's Inadvertent Postmodernism: Theory, Autobiography, and Politics ~ William Chaloupka
Abbey as Anarchist ~ Harold Alderman
"Getting the Desert into a Book": Nature Writing and the Problems of Representation in a Postmodern World ~ Claire Lawrence
Surviving Doom and Gloom: Edward Abbey's Desert Comedies ~ Rebecca Raglon
Nietzschean Themes in the Works of Edward Abbey ~ Steve Norwick
Edward Abbey's Cow ~ Barbara Barney Nelson
Edward Abbey and Gender ~ Paul T. Bryant
The Life of the Author: Emerson, Foucault, and the Reading of Edward Abbey's Journals ~ David Copland Morris
From the Banks of the Illisus to the Arches of Utah: Edward Abbey as Noble Rhetorician ~ Bryan L. Moore
Biocentrism and Green Existentialism: Edward Abbey's Conflicting Conceptualizations of Nature ~ Werner Bigell
The Politics and Aesthetics of a Hopeful Anarchism: Edward Abbey's Postmodern "Angelic Demonology" ~ Peter Quigley
The Politics of Leisure: "Industrial Tourism" in Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire ~ Joseph A. Papa, Jr.
List of Contributors
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