25th June 2019 by

The Trouble With Wilderness (Wed 26 June, 2pm)

We continue reading William Cronon this week, with his short essay “The Trouble with Wilderness”. Cronon explores the  historical “taming” of wilderness spaces.


William Cronon, “The Trouble with Wilderness”: LINK. Please email d.butchard@bham.ac.uk if the link doesn’t work for you.

Time & Place:
  • 14:00-15:00, Wed 26 June 2019
  • Arts 247 (Dorothy’s office)
“Even as it came to embody the awesome power of the sublime, wilderness was also being tamed—not just by those who were building settlements in its midst but also by those who most celebrated its inhuman beauty..” – William Cronon, “The Trouble With Wilderness”

About the Doctoral Seminar:

This is an informal weekly reading group run for postgraduates within the Department of English Literature. We select a short text to read in advance, often a work of theory, then meet to discuss it. The seminar provides an opportunity to consider aspects of the reading that were thought-provoking or challenging for you, think about how it relates to texts you may have studied or plan to read, and share aspects of your own research and academic practice. It’s also a chance to get together, try out ideas, and meet fellow postgraduate researchers. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits and you are very welcome!