Rodger, Katharine A. (Katharine Anne) 1974-
Most widely held works by Katharine A Rodger
Breaking through : essays, journals, and travelogues of Edward F. Ricketts by Edward Flanders Ricketts ( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 522 libraries worldwide
Renaissance man of Cannery Row : the life and letters of Edward F. Ricketts by Edward Flanders Ricketts ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 257 libraries worldwide
This portrait of one of John Steinbeck's closest friends illuminates the life and work of a figure central to the development of scientific and literary thought in the 20th century. Marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts is perhaps best known as the inspiration for John Steinbeck's most empathic literary characters Doc in Cannery Row, Slim in Of Mice and Men, Jim Casy in The Grapes of Wrath, and Lee in East of Eden. The correspondence of this accomplished scientist, writer, and philosopher reveals the influential exchange of ideas he shared with such prominent thinkers and artists as Henry Miller.
Toward the Western Sea" science, culture, and narrative in the American Pacific by Katharine A Rodger ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
"`Toward the Western Sea" examines the rise and evolution of the literature of the American Pacific from 1840 through 1950. The particularities of the coastal environment and the communities that form along and within the Pacific Rim helped define a major western U.S. literary tradition, intermingling science, aesthetics, and social theory. These representations of human communities and environmental isolation continue to influence 20th- and 21st -century U.S. literature. I examine the work of five seminal writers who engage with contemporary scientific and cultural discourses to interpret the conditions of communal interdependence and social isolation as both human and environmental phenomena. Richard Henry Dana, Jr. viewed the Pacific and California as a frontier that held both degenerative and regenerative possibilities for individuals and the nation, and his narrative envisions the region as a site of personal and communal discovery. Herman Melville found potent metaphor in the insularity of island life for his critique of the isolating impact of capitalism on individuals and communities both in the Pacific and at home in the U.S., and the ultimate failure of democracy. The writing Jack London produced in and about the Pacific captures the ideological dialectic that he struggled with throughout much of his life--between the individual and the collective--and is elucidated especially in his consideration of disease and medical science in those texts. Robinson Jeffers's narrative poems of the 1920s are the foundation of his philosophy of Inhumanism, a holistic paradigm conceived of the poet's rhizomatic thinking about astronomy and principles of California geology, set against the backdrop of the Pacific. Finally, John Steinbeck's ecological explorations of Monterey and the Gulf of California are identified as the foundation of mid 20th-century literary conceptions of the Pacific Rim region as a macroecosystem.
The pleasant burden of corresponding : life and letters of Edward F. Ricketts by Edward Flanders Ricketts ( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 library worldwide