Post-structuralism meets environmentalism: nature poetry as political intervention, colonialism and ecology (WH Hudson), manipulation of nature phenomena as social control, etc.
Part 1 Ecocritical Theory: magpie; the (im)possibility of ecocriticism; anotherness and inhabitation in recent multicultural American literature; poetry and biodiversity; "Who may contest for what the body of nature will be?" - body politics in American nature writing. Part 2 Ecocritical history: acts of God - providence, the Jeremiad and environmental crisis; Crabbe's disorderly nature; Wilde nature; feathered women - W.N. Hudson's "Green Mansions"; "Or shall I bring you the sound of poisons?" - "Silent Spring" and Sylvia Plath. Part 3 History: Heidegger, Heaney and the problem of dwelling; small rooms and the ecosystem - environmentalism and DeLillo's "White Noise"; ecopolitics and the literature of the borderlands - the frontiers of environmental justice in Latina and Native American writing; children's literature and the environment; creating the world we must save - the paradox of nature documentaries.
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