‘Why Wouldn’t the Wilderness Fight Us?’ American Eco-Horror and the Apocalypse

  • Bernice M. Murphy


Rachel Carson’s 1962 book The Silent Spring, perhaps the most influential work of environmental advocacy ever written, opens with a ‘Fable for Tomorrow’.1 She depicts a town completely at one with its pastoral surroundings:

Even in winter the roadsides were places of beauty where countless birds came to feed on the berries and on the seed heads of the dried weeds rising above the snow. The countryside was, in fact, famous for the abundance and variety of wildlife, and when the flood of migrants was pouring through in spring and autumn people travelled from great distances to observe them.2


Natural World Small Town Popular Culture Environmental Crisis American Landscape 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernice M. Murphy
    • 1
  1. 1.Trinity College DublinIreland

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