Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club: Walden for the 21st Century

  There was a period, around the time we all gasped a sigh of relief that the Y2K bug was not a problem, but having to hear Cher’s autotuned voice on the radio eight times a day, internet speeds, and the potential release of another Backstreet Boys album were still very much legitimate concerns, that […]

Henry David Thoreau’s Walden: The Ecocritic’s Bible

  Walden, published in 1854 by Henry David Thoreau, is a journal of sorts that offers a record of Thoreau’s time living in a cabin he built near Walden Pond just outside of Concord, Massachusetts.  Thoreau spent just over two years at the cabin as a kind of social experiment whereby he applied the principles of […]

Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God: Thoreau’s Nightmare; America’s Reality

Though Suttree, The Crossing and Blood Meridian may be the novels that best exemplify the skill of Cormac McCarthy’s skill, but Child of God is a smaller sample that is just as engaging in parts.  In it McCarthy tells the tale of a Lester Ballard, a young man who is raised without parents and finds himself isolated from […]

The Divine Chaos Of Robert Frost: An Ecocritical Reading Of An American Nature Poet

The Divine Chaos Of Robert Frost: An Ecocritical Reading Of An American Nature Poet   Introduction   In the past forty years there has been an influx of interest concerning environmental issues and in turn ecocritical theory has gained popularity in literary circles.  Since the language of ecocriticism has been developed almost exclusively over the […]

Kate Chopin’s The Awakening: The Adulterous Hero

Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is an interesting narrative that tells the story of a young mother, Edna, who navigates a an aristocratic society that is somewhat foreign to her, though not economically foreign, as Edna is born into an aristocratic family, but rather culturally alien as she is a southern woman transposed into the Creole society […]