Item: Imagining avalanches
Title: Imagining avalanches
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2000 International Snow Science Workshop, October 1-6, Big Sky, Montana
Authors: Bernard Mergen, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Abstract: Most of the papers presented at this meeting describe avalanches in graphs, charts, mathematical formulas, and other dialects of the language of science. This paper surveys some fictional and poetic descriptions of snow slides by American writers from Helen Hunt Jackson and Mary Hallock Foote in the 1890s to Linda Hogan and William Dickey in the 1990s with a detour through the boys' fiction of Monty Atwater. An argument may be made that all descriptions of reality, verbal and mathematical, are simplifications, so we need the imagined avalanche to fully understand the literal.
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Keywords: helen hunt jackson, mary hallock foote, monty atwater, linda hogan, william dickey, poem, imagined avalanche
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