.. John Tallmadge | Exploring Nature, Culture, and the Human Journey
The creator loves pizzaz. - Annie Dillard

Chapters in Books

Nature Writing and Creative Nonfiction

"Crazy About Nature”

Reflections on the value of natural history for environmental, social, and spiritual well-being.

The Way of Natural History
Edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner
Trinity University Press, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

The Way of Natural History .  

 

 

“Night Vision”

How one learns to see in the dark and pass on its gifts.

Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark
edited by Paul Bogard
University of Nevada Press, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark .  

 

Ecocriticism

“John Burroughs’s Contrarian Path”

What we can learn from Burroughs as a student of modest, near-at-hand nature, with implications for environmentalism and ecocritical practice.

Writing the Land: John Burroughs and his Legacy
Edited by Daniel G. Payne
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008




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Writing the Land: John Burroughs and his Legacy .  

 

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"Deerslayer with a Degree"

Coming into manhood under the influence of Cooper’s legendary woodsman, through outdoor adventures with the Boy Scouts and college experiences at Dartmouth.

Eco-Man: New Perspectives on Masculinity and Nature
Edited by Mark Allister
University of Virginia Press, 2004

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Eco-Man: New Perspectives on Masculinity and Nature .  

 

 

"Beyond the Excursion: Initiatory Themes in Annie Dillard and Terry Tempest Williams"

Contrasting these two eminent contemporary nature writers in light of their protagonists’ suffering and transformation.

Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and the Environment
Edited by Michael P. Branch, Rochelle Johnson, Daniel Patterson, and Scott Slovic
University of Idaho Press, 1998

 

 

 

 

Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and the Environment .  

 

 

"Barry Lopez", "Richard Nelson", "Western Geologists and Explorers" [John Wesley Powell and Clarence King]

Critical accounts of four key nature writers for a major reference encyclopedia.

American Nature Writers
Edited by John Elder
Scribner’s, 1996


 

 

 

American Nature Writing .  

 

 

"Anatomy of a Classic"

A literary analysis of Leopold’s great work, discussing plot, rhetoric, persona, and stylistics.

Companion to A Sand County Almanac: Interpretive & Critical Essays
Edited by J. Baird Callicott
University of Wisconsin Press, 1987

 

 

 

 

Companion to A Sand County Almanac: Interpretive & Critical Essays .  

 

 

"John Muir, Emerson, and the Book of Nature: The Explorer as Prophet"

Examination of Muir’s annotations to his copy of Emerson’s Essays, showing how he adapted Emerson’s ideas to his own purposes.

America: Exploration and Travel
Edited by Steven E. Kagle
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1979

 

 

 

 

America: Exploration and Travel .  

 

Teaching and Pedagogy

“Out of the Woods”

Reflections on the ascendance of environmental literature in the classroom and in the field, including the emergence of ecocriticism.

Teaching North American Environmental Literature
Edited by Laird Christensen,  Mark C. Long,  and Fred Waage
Modern Language Association, 2008

 

 

 

 

Teaching North American Environmental Literature .  

 

 

"Urban Nature as a Scene of Instruction"

The value of urban landscapes in teaching natural history and environmental values, with practical suggestions for field trips and exercises.

Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom
Edited by Hal Crimmel
University of Utah Press, 2003

 

 

 

 

Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom .  

 

 

"A Matter of Scale: Searching for Wilderness in the City"

How to observe and write about urban nature with insight and power.

The Alphabet of the Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing
Edited by Christian McEwen & Mark Stratman
Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 2000


 

 

 

The Alphabet of the Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing .  

 

 

"Writing as a Window into Nature"

Using writing to sharpen observation and deepen understanding of nature in both remote and nearby places.

Into the Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching
With Claire Walker Leslie and Tom Wessels. Introduction by Ann Zwinger
Orion Society Nature Literacy Series, 2000


 

 

 

Into the Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching .  

 

 

"Teaching Wilderness Values to Undergraduates"

Using nature writing, field trips, and in-class debates to engage students with environmental issues and values.

Teaching Environmental Literature: Materials, Methods, Resources
Edited by Frederick O. Waage
Modern Language Association, 1985

 

 

 

 

Teaching Environmental Literature: Materials, Methods, Resources .