Tom Lynch is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he specialises in ecocriticism and place-oriented literary studies. He published Xerophilia: Ecocritical Explorations in Southwestern Literature in 2008 and has recently co-edited two volumes: The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place (with Cheryll Glotfelty and Karla Armbruster, 2012); and Artifacts and Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley (with Susan N. Maher, 2012). His long-term research project involves a comparison of literature of the American West and the Australian outback from the perspectives of ecocriticism and settler-colonial studies. He currently serves as editor of the journal Western American Literature.
University of Nebraska
As Lawrence Buell has observed, the pastoral, which in the ‘old’ worlds of Europe was a type of symbolic allegory not expected to be taken literally, became in Europe’s ‘new’ worlds of settler colonialism, such as the United States and…