Following is a collection of papers and other documents about wonder. Let me know if you would like to contribute research or creative works to this page.
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The Politics of Reading for Wonder. By Glenn Willmott. A talk delivered at the University of South Dakota in 2017 that introduces some principle ideas behind my 2018 book, Reading for Wonder. I discuss the ambiguous ethical implications of wonder, its distinction from magic and awe, and its distinct poetics. Along the way I compare the popular movies Star Wars and Alien, and the long poems Commons and Styrofoam.
Reading for Ecology: Can We Be Taught to Care? By Glenn Willmott. A conference presentation delivered to the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada that looks at the poetics of the ambiguous bridge, in literature, from empathetic imagination to ethical caring about our ecological environs. My examples are texts by W. B. Yeats and E. M. Forster.
What Is an Emergency Ecopoetics? – It’s an Expanded Ecopoetics. By Glenn Willmott. A theoretical paper developed for a conference presentation delivered to the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada.