Explores key aspects of Berry' s thought, as well as his overall contribution to environmental theory. Focusing on his relationship to the American agrarian and environmental traditions, Smith examines how Berry's ecological agrarianism derives from the concept of "grace," or living in concert with nature and society.
Kimberly K. Smith is associate professor of political science at Carleton College and author of The Dominion of Voice: Riot, Reason, and Romance in Antebellum Politics, winner of the prestigious Merle Curti Intellectural History Award given by the Organization of American Historians.
Kimberly Smith illuminates the integrity of Wendell Berry's social and ecological vision with extraordinary clarity. While linking Berry's writing in many persuasive ways to the larger landscape of stewardship and citizenship in America, Smith's book never flattens his thought to make it fit more neatly into some particular category or lineage. John Elder, Author Of Reading The Mountains Of Home And Coeditor Of The Norton Book Of Nature Writing; "By showing us how Berry has revived and helped transform an agrarian tradition and how his writings identify a latter-day blend of environmental, democratic, community, and sustainable agricultural values, Smith has provided us a road map for understanding a new rural politics and intellectural tradition." Robert Gottlieb, Author Of Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring New Pathways For Change