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Spirits of Place in American Literary Culture

John Gatta


What might it mean, existentially and spiritually, for humans to form an intimate relation with discrete sites or dwelling places on earth? In ancient Rome, the notion of a locale’s genius loci signaled recognition of its enchanted, enspirited identity. But in a digitalized America of unprecedented mobility, can place still matter as seed ground for the soul? Such questions had been broached already by “ecocritics” concerned with how place-inflected experience figures in literature and by theologians concerned with “ecotheology” and “ecospirituality.” Yet this book offers a uniquely integrativ ... More

Keywords: genius loci, ecocriticism, phenomenology of place, spirits of place, Christian theology, ecotheology, contemplative learning, place-based education, sacramentality of place, American literary culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190646547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190646547.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gatta, author
Professor, Sewanee