Introduction. Diminishment: Partial Readings in the Casualties of Natural History; 1. Sketching American Species: Birds, Weeds, and Trees in Audubon, Cooper, and Pokagon; 2. "Because I see - New Englandly - ": Emily Dickinson and the Specificity of Disjunction; 3. Coral of Life: James McCune Smith and the Diasporic Structure of Racial Uplift; 4. Thoreau's Dispersion: Writing a Natural History of Casualties.
This book discusses how literary writers re-envisioned species survival and racial uplift through ecological concepts of dispersal.
Juliana Chow is a scholar of American literature and the environment and feminist science studies; and she has published both academic and creative writing. She is on the board of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (INCS) and has held a research fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society.