Environmental Literature 204
Grant T. Smith,
Place, Style, and Human Nature in Willa Cather’s
The Professor’s House from Practical Eco-criticism: Literature,
Biology, and the Environment by glen A. Love
the role(s) that place and habitation play in human relationships with
self or with others.
argues that diverse cultures still reveal across cultural lines universal
evolved features. Ellen Dissanayake and Joseph Carroll argue that these shared
human experiences are expressed and interchanged in art—and especially the
literary experience. If this is
true, that there are certain “archetypal” human universals common to all
cultures, then what would you list as universally true among all
societies? Here are some
live in social groups rather than alone.
all have a language with an underlying structure and semantics.
is a division of labor between men, women and children.
are some possible themes of Tom Outland’s Story”? What do you think the Cliff City
represents to Tom? Why does he name
the mummified body of the woman, “Mother Eve”?
the three “houses” in the novel, the professor’s old house (especially his
study), the professor’s new house, and the Cliff City.
the three men in the Professor’s life: Tom Outland, Scott McGregor, and
- Do you
have a “place” that serves you as an aesthetic refuge, a place of shelter
and protection—a place your can participate in and you feel obligated to
protect, and a place that evokes a mythic sense in your being?