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The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism

  • Alerts ecocritics to the new areas of their field they may know little or nothing about
  • Represents the most significant subjects and debates in the field today
  • Directed toward the future development of the field rather than being a history of the field's development

By: Greg Garrard(Editor), Cheryll Glotfelty(Preface By)

608 pages, 10 b/w photos

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Aug 2014 | #214707 | ISBN-13: 9780199742929
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The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism will provide a broad survey of the longstanding relationship between literature and the environment. The moment for such an offering is opportune in many respects: multiple environmental crises are increasingly inescapable at both transnational and local levels; the role of the humanities in addition to technology and politics is increasingly recognized as central for exploring and finding solutions; and the subject of ecocriticism has reached a kind of critical mass, both within its Anglo-American heartlands and beyond. From its origins in the study of American Nature Writing and British Romanticism, ecocriticism has developed along numerous theoretical, historical, cultural and geographical axes, the most contemporary and exciting of which will be represented in the Handbook.

The contributors include eminent founders of the field, including Cheryll Glotfelty and Jonathan Bate, a number of key 'second-wave' ecocritics, and the best up-and-coming scholars. Topics covered include: Green Shakespeare – the Bard's subversive uses of the pastoral; John Clare's sacred relationship with the land; Thoreau's profound political passion; the natural landscape as symbol of postcolonial resistance in works by Lessing, Naipaul, and Coetzee; the relation between feminism and environmentalism; language and the concept of biosemiotics; and concerns over pollution and toxicity in films like Erin Brockovitch, Michael Clayton, and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.


Preface - Cheryll Glotfelty

Part I - History
Chapter 1 - Being Green in Late Medieval English Literature - Gillian Rudd
Chapter 2 - Shadows of the Renaissance - Robert N. Watson
Chapter 3 - Romanticism and Ecocriticism - Kate Rigby
Chapter 4 - Cholera, Kipling and Tropical India - Pablo Mukherjee
Chapter 5 - Ecocriticism and Modernism - Anne Raine
Chapter 6 - Pataphysics and Postmodern Ecocriticism: A Prospectus - Adam Dickinson

Part II - Theory
Chapter 7 - Ecocriticism and the Politics of Representation - Cheryl Lousley
Chapter 8 - Phenomenology - Timothy Clark
Chapter 9 - W. E. B. Du Bois at the Grand Canyon: Nature, History, and Race in Darkwater - John Claborn
Chapter 10 - Feminist Science Studies and Ecocriticism: Aesthetics and Entanglement in the Deep Sea - Stacy Alaimo
Chapter 11 - Deconstruction and/as Ecology - Timothy Morton
Chapter 12 - Queer Life? Ecocriticism After the Fire - Catriona Sandilands
Chapter 13 - Ecocriticism, Posthumanism, and the Biological Idea of Culture - Helena Feder
Chapter 14 - Postcolonialism - Elizabeth DeLoughrey
Chapter 15 - Extinctions: Chronicles of Vanishing Fauna in the Colonial and Post-Colonial Caribbean - Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
Chapter 16 - Cosmovisions: Environmental Justice, Transnational American Studies, and Indigenous Literature - Joni Adamson
Chapter 17 - Biosemiotic Criticism - Timo Maran
Chapter 18 - Ferality Tales - Greg Garrard
Chapter 19 - Mediating Climate Change: Ecocriticism, Science Studies, and The Hungry Tide -Adam Trexler

Part III - Genre
Chapter 20 - Ecocritical approaches to literary form and genre: urgency, depth, provisionality, temporality - Richard Kerridge
Chapter 21 - Are You Serious? A Modest Proposal for Environmental Humor - Michael P. Branch
Chapter 22 - Is American Nature Writing Dead? - Daniel J. Philippon
Chapter 23 - Rethinking Eco-Film Studies - David Ingam
Chapter 24 - Green Banjo: The Ecoformalism of Old-Time Music - Scott Knickerbocker
Chapter 25 - Media Moralia: Reflections on Damaged Environments and Digital Life - Andrew McMurry
Chapter 26 - The Contemporary English Novel and its Challenges to Ecocriticism - Astrid Bracke
Chapter 27 - Environmental Writing for Children: A Selected Reconnaissance of Heritages, Emphases, Horizons - Lawrence Buell
Chapter 28 - "A Music Numerous as Space": Cognitive Environment and the House that Lyric Builds - Sharon Lattig
Chapter 29 - Talking About Climate Change: The Ecological Crisis and Narrative Form - Ursula Kluwick

Part IV - Conclusion
Chapter 30 - Engaging with Prakriti: A Survey of Ecocritical Praxis in India - Swarnalatha Rangarajan
Chapter 31 - Chinese Ecocriticism in the Last Ten Years - Qingqi Wei
Chapter 32 - Ecocriticism in Japan - Yuki Masami
Chapter 33 - German Ecocriticism: An Overview - Axel Goodbody
Chapter 34 - Barrier Beach - Rob Nixon

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Greg Garrard is the author of Ecocriticism (Routledge 2004), as well as numerous essays and articles. Currently, he is FCCS Sustainability Professor at the University of British Columbia, a National Teaching Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy, and a founding member and former Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

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