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Barnhill, David

David Barnhill

Office: Sage 3451

Phone: 920-424-0746


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Personal Statement:

Main focus in American nature writing, in particular East Asian influence and radical politics. Also East Asian religion and literature. In addition, nature in Wisconsin (native plants, natural communities, & bioregions).

Recommended Reading

  • Turtle Island, Gary Snyder
  • Always Coming Home, Ursula Le Guin
  • Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey
  • Narrow Road to the Deep North, Matsuo Basho
  • Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold


  • PhD, Stanford University, Japanese Religion and Literature (1986)
  • BS, Stanford University, Political Science (1971)

Courses Taught

  • 243 Introduction to Nature Writing
  • 244 Japanese Nature Writing
  • Env Stds 395: Field Studies in Wisconsin Ecoregions
  • Env Stds 490: Senior Seminar

Selected Publications and/or Activities:

  • “Conceiving Ecotopia.” Journal of the Society of Religion, Nature, and Culture 5.2 (2011), forthcoming.
  • “Critical Utopianism and Bioregional Ecocriticism.” The Bioregional Imagination: New Perspectives on Literature, Ecology, and Place. Eds. Karla Armbruster, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Tom Lynch. Athens: University of Georgia Press, forthcoming, 2011.
  • “A Community of Love: Kenneth Rexroth's Organic Worldview." Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology 15.1 (2011): 1-28.
  • “Spirituality and Resistance: Ursula Le Guin’s The Word for World is Forest and the Film Avatar." Journal of the Society of Religion, Nature, and Culture 4.4 (December 2010): 478-498.
  • “Surveying the Landscape: A New Approach to Nature Writing.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment 17.2 (Spring 2010): 1-18.
  • “Gary Snyder’s Ecosocial Buddhism.” How Much is Enough?: Buddhism, Consumerism, and the Human Environment. Ed. Richard Payne. Somerville, Mass.: Wisdom, 2010. 83-119.
  • “East Asian Influence on Recent North American Nature Writing.” Teaching North American Environmental Literature. Eds. Laird Christensen, Mark C. Long, and Frederick O. Waage. New York: Modern Language Association, 2008. 277-93.
  • “Zōka: The Creative in Bashō’s View of Nature and Art.” Matsuo Bashō's Poetic Spaces: Exploring Haikai Intersections. Ed. Eleanor Kerkham. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 33-60.
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