Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. John Price
Contemporary American hunting and fishing literature draws upon a tradition which, like the acts of hunting and fishing themselves, is complex and often contradictory. From the transcendentalist approach of Henry Thoreau to the adventure narrative of Dan O’Brien to the financial focus of Norman Maclean, hunting and fishing literature has evolved to encompass a rich diversity of personal, social, and literary concerns. As a writer of this literature myself, however, I have been repeatedly drawn back to several key critical issues in my own work and the work of others. Primary among these are the ways narrators and other characters negotiate the often treacherous terrain between the acts of hunting and fishing (their psychological, ethical, and physical, dimensions) and the more intimate personal relationships found in their daily lives.
Kurrus, Jeffrey, "The sought-after trigger: Essays from inside the hunt" (2002). Student Work. 3147.