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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Glaciology is a two-part dissertation. The first part of the dissertation includes a critical introduction, "A New Sublime: Images of Wilderness in Nonfiction Nature Writing" that examines the relationship between the 1964 Wilderness Act and the development of the idea of wilderness throughout nonfiction nature writing. The introduction argues that post-1964 nonfiction nature writers react to the Wilderness Act's institutionalization of wilderness spaces by seeking to return to pre-20th Century renderings of the sublime. The second part of the dissertation, titled "Glaciology, " is a collection of fourteen essays that explore themes of disappearance, collection and preservation. The essays recount several disappearances, including the dissapperance of a friend, a professor, a group of lemmings living on Norway's Jostedalsbreen Glacier and eventually, the glacier itself. In an attempt to make sense of these disappearances, the collection probes the science and pseudo-sciences of edging natural losses: Linnaeus' famous gardens in Sweden, Ole Worm's wunderkammer in Copenhagen, the building of cairns around Europe and even uses of math and language theory. Part-lyric essay, part-memoir and part-research-reportage, the manuscript is anchored around various people's responses to disappearance, but ultimately questions both collections and the idea of collecting along with taxonomies of loss and the farthest limits of naming.--From public.pdf
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