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Key terms and foundational narratives
--Buell, The Environmental Imagination (1995)
Stories, metaphors, images … have come to seem deceptively transparent through long usage.
If we pay attention we can read in any text and see these stories, metaphors, images at work.
‘The pervasiveness of these phenomena warrant our thinking of them as “master metaphors,” of centuries-long, sometimes millennia-long persistence. We cannot even begin to talk or even think about the nature of nature without resorting to them.’
--Buell, The Environmental Imagination
Sometimes, various modes/motifs can operate at once; for instance, a text could depict a landscape as both both sublime and foreboding, or as both pastoral and wild, depending on the point of view.