This thesis is a collection of narrative non-fiction essays some of them more journalistic in nature and others more memoir-ish or ruminating. Readers are asked to travel through my recent years, as I ramble and certain key themes are explored. Those themes are as follows: First, detachment from the natural world and the alienation that stems from it, whether in terms of geography or industry; second, wildness as an energy that humans, sometimes inadvertently, seek to suppress or control, and wildness in the form of natures scars and wounds (the two being mirror images of one another).
The avatars of wildness in these stories come in various incarnations, i.e. bugs and bison, clear-cuts and chemical spills, and brief but edifying periods of intense psychological turmoil. These things can be found in the border country, the no mans land between nature and humanity. The places where we find wildness are the places of death and depravity and deterioration, where humans are winning their war against the natural world or nature is retaliating in turn.
Advisor:Amy Ratto-Parks; Phil Condon; Craig Childs
School:The University of Montana
School Location:USA - Montana
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:08/06/2008