This article, which grew from a conference paper presented at the 2011 WLA conference, examines the work of Laurie Ricou, particularly his book, A Field Guide to a Guide to Dungeness Spit, in light of genre theory and Ecocriticism. The aim of the article is to demonstrate the important role that genre "trespass" and hybridity plays in the formation of a kind of scholarly writing that is responsible to environmental priorities. The article looks at the importance of activating agency and intervention through the work of scholarship, and how Laurie's writing exemplify this priority.
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