Research and Publications













On the trail of Charles Sturt, Sturt National Park, NSW


The focus of my research ranges across a variety of seemingly disconnected topics --haiku poetry, Native American literature, Southwestern nature writing, Mexican gray wolves, Australian desert literature, Loren Eiseley--but these diverse topics are unified by my interest in the issues involved in cross-cultural ecocriticism and the closely related field of place-conscious, especially bioregional, approaches to literature. I have also grown to understand setter-colonialism as an important context for analyzing the relationship between literature, culture, and nature in places such as the US West and Australian Outback.


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Kakadu National Park, NT

My current major research project compares literature of the American West with literature of the Australian Outback. It blends ecocriticism with settler-colonial studies to argue that many of the environmental problems in the West and the Outback are related to the fact that both places are arid and semi-arid regions that have been colonized primarily by English-speaking settler-colonial societies. These recent articles are a part of this project and illustrate some of my thinking:


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 Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos NM. (windows painted by D. H. Lawrence)                                                                

© Tom Lynch 2015