Ernest Oberholtzer and the art of boundary crossing: writing, life and the narratives of conservation and planning

K.A.M. van Assche

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Abstract

Through an analysis of the various roles of narrative in the life and work of famed conservationist Ernest C. Oberholtzer (1884-1977), we explore the relations between life (as evolving autobiographical narrative), place identity, and environmental planning, and the place of literary and artistic discourses in the processes of mutual articulation one can observe there. We investigate the role of writing in his work and life, and the functions of narratives in a broader sense, and argue that Oberholtzer's remarkable identification with a self-created place narrative, and his exceptional narrative fluidity, both in autobiographical sense and in other communicative situations, made him not only an exquisite wilderness advocate but also a rich source of insights into the narrative nature of environmental planning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-65
JournalPlanning Perspectives
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

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