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Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment

Edited By: Elizabeth M DeLoughrey and George Handley

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | May 2011 | #191374 | ISBN-13: 9780195394436
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Hardback | May 2011 | #191373 | ISBN-13: 9780195394429
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This is the first edited collection to bring ecocritical studies into a necessary dialogue with postcolonial studies. By examining African, Caribbean, Pacific Island and South Asian literatures and how they depict the relationship between humans and nature, this book makes a compelling argument for a more global approach to thinking through our current environmental crisis. Turning to the contemporary production of postcolonial novelists and poets, this collection poses the literary imagination as a crucial to imagining what Eduoard Glissant calls the "aesthetics of the earth." The collection is organized around thematic concerns such as the relationship between culture and cultivation, arboriculture and deforestation, the lives of animals, and the relationship between the military and the tourist industry. The scholars collected here are at the forefront of the emergent field of postcolonial ecocriticism and this book will make a remarkable contribution to rethinking the environment and its representation in the humanities.

"The body of works under consideration in these essays is capacious and diverse...But in its best moments, this collection also engages with physical (contested) spaces and historical trends and events, revealing the social and geographic conditions for the production of literature and literary culture...An essential critique." --Small Axe

"This is a cutting edge work that not only situates ecology and biopolitics firmly at the center of postcolonial studies, but also shows the importance of postcolonial literatures to global debates on climate change and environmental degradation. A superb collection!" --Bill Ashcroft, author of Caliban's Voice: The Transformation of English in Post-Colonial Literatures

"Postcolonial Ecologies, with its outstanding roster of contributors, is a crucial intervention in the internationalisation of ecocriticism and the greening of postcolonialism. Framed by DeLoughrey and Handley's well-informed and lucid introduction, this diverse and for


INTRODUCTION: TOWARDS AN AESTHETICS OF THE EARTH; ELIZABETH DELOUGHREY & GEORGE HANDLEY; I.CULTIVATING PLACE; 1. Cultivating Community:Counterlandscaping in Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss; JILL DIDUR; 2. Haiti's Elusive Paradise; LEGRACE BENSON; 3. Towards a Caribbean Ecopoetics: Derek Walcott's Language of Plants; ELAINE SAVORY; II. FOREST FICTIONS; 4. Deforestation and the Yearning for Lost Landscapes in Caribbean Literatures; LIZABETH PARAVISINI GEBERT; 5. The Postcolonial Ecology of the New World Baroque; ALEJO CARPENTIER'S THE LOST STEPS; GEORGE B. HANDLEY; 6. Forest Fictions and Ecological Crises; READING THE POLITICS OF SURVIVAL IN MAHASWETA DEVI'S "DHOWLI"; JENNIFER WENZEL; III. THE LIVES OF (NONHUMAN) ANIMALS; 7. Stranger in the Eco-Village: Environmental Time, Race, and Ecologies of Looking; ROB NIXON; 8. What the Whales Would Tell Us: Cetacean Communication in Novels by Witi Ihimaera,Linda Hogan, Zakes Mda, and Amitav Ghosh; JONATHAN STEINWAND; 9. Compassion, Commodification, and The Lives of Animals: J.M. Coetzee's Recent Fiction; ALLISON CARRUTH; IV. MILITOURISM; 11. Heliotropes: Solar Ecologies and Pacific Radiations; ELIZABETH DELOUGHREY; 12. Activating Voice, Body, and Place; KANAKA MAOLI AND MA'OHI WRITINGS FOR KAHO'OLAWE AND MORUROA; DINA EL DESSOUKY; 13. "Out of this great tragedy will come a world class tourism destination:"; DISASTER, ECOLOGY, AND POST-TSUNAMI TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN SRI LANKA; ANTHONY CARRIGAN; 14. . In Place: Tourism, Cosmopolitan Bioregionalism, and Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness; BYRON CAMINERO-SANTANGELO

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