Degree Year

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Advisor(s)

T.S. McMillin

Keywords

Canoe, Listening, Singing, Guide, Horizon, Dreaming, Wilderness, Quetico-Superior Region, Consciousness, Knowledge, Experience

Abstract

My research explores the reflective qualities of nature that can lead to different ways of being in and of the world. In The Singing Wilderness, Sigurd Olson details his experiences in the Quetico-Superior region, an international wilderness of lakes and forests on the border of Canada and Minnesota that is replete with spaces for reflection. Olson encourages his readers to listen to the sounds, songs, and silences of the wilderness. I address his creation of a literary terrain he made accessible to his readers by acting as a guide to the imaginative wilderness with a literary canoe and paddle.

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