Academic Writing

Sharon Kunde’s academic writing encompasses late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American nature writing and literary criticism, examining the ways in which racialized assumptions about the parameters of supposedly-nonhuman nature underpin equally exclusive ideas about what constitutes American literature and the reading methods appropriate to it. She works to imagine more capacious and inclusive reading practices.


Multi-colored leaves covering the ground.

Book Project: “Natural Reading”

“Natural Reading: Race, Place, and Literary Practice in the United   States from Thoreau to Ransom” in Twentieth-Century Literature, Fall 2021   (67:3).

Assortment of vegetables on a table.

OpEd: “Food Waste is Destroying the Planet”

Opinion column in the Los Angeles Times.

Students walking down a hallway

Post: “Pandemic Reflections: On the Class of 2024”

Guest post in K-12 Talk.

Sweeping vista of snow-capped mountains, lake, and forest.

Review: “Falter” by Bill McKibben

Review of “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?” in International Studies in Literature and the Environment.

Melting glaciers.

Review: “We're Doomed. Now What?” by Roy Scranton

Review of “We’re Doomed. Now What?” in Los Angeles Review of Books.