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The Green DepressionAmerican Ecoliterature in the 1930s and 1940s$
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Matthew M. Lambert

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830401

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830401.001.0001

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The Last Frontier

The Last Frontier

(p.21) Chapter 1 The Last Frontier
The Green Depression

Matthew M. Lambert

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter identifies ways that American authors and filmmakers during the 1930s and 40s depict the ecological, economic, and/or cultural value of wilderness spaces and inhabitants. While Walt Disney’s Bambi (1942) celebrates the value of nonthreatening forest animals through innovative animation techniques and critiques of human carelessness and hunting, Aldo Leopold, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway acknowledge the ecological importance of nonhuman predators in their hunting stories. In his novel The Surrounded (1936), D’Arcy McNickle critiques the social and environmental legacy of the frontier by uncovering the environmental, social, and cultural effects of frontier practices on indigenous communities and lands.

Keywords:   American West, Indigenous, Predator, Hunting, Dust Bowl

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