Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from. This text is one of the first introductory guides to the field of literary ecological criticism. It is the ideal handbook for all students new to the disciplines of literature. Ecocriticism has ratings and 31 reviews. Ariya said: I had been dodging around this book for several months, and able to finish it by the end of the.

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In Japan, though, as she also shows, all three stages emerged in quick succession and continue to overlap. He seems ultimately to admire The Hungry Tide not in spite of its unwillingness to represent climate change directly, but in some way because of it. Where Morton reconciles—at least rhetorically—contemporary science and the Old Gods of poststructuralism, Ingram considers that Marxist and deconstructive approaches deserve to be supplanted by biocultural ones.

If nothing else, it is a weighty book to ballast us intellectually against the storms that environmentalists see in our future. Planetary environmental crisis may be recent, but according to Watson, its origins lie primarily in the European Renaissance. Nov 25, Ally rated it really liked it. His explanation of current ecological science corrects earlier assumptions about balance and harmony. He shows in detail why, as Trexler has already suggested, climate change poses a particular challenge for existing literary genres, but he also expresses a hope, nursed presumably by many scholars but seldom openly acknowledged, that ecocritical criteria of value might extend beyond academic criticism to influence cultural debate more widely.

I’m not, in general, a huge fan of Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series.


Introduction – Oxford Handbooks

It is especially important, then, that Knickerbocker teases out the vestiges of conservative environmentalism, and conveys the pleasures and possibilities of the participatory, anti-commercial vibe of old-time music.

My one criticism, oddly enough, is that the book offered too many of its own criticisms of differing approaches; only the last few pages were devoted to a positive understanding of Ecocriticism. Ecocritics are not alone as academics seeking a wider audience, but we have better reason than most to consider it a priority.

This ecoxriticism really an overview of ecocruticism field, gathering a range of ideas from a variety of sources to provide an effective introduction to the field of ecocriticism. If it hadn’t been for a college class, I would’ve put it aside after a couple of chapters. Crucially for Watson, ecocriticism is primarily a work of comprehension not activism ; it acknowledges the urgency of eckcriticism crisis ecocriticksm being determined by it.

Latour and Haraway also provide a point of departure for Stacy Alaimo, whose work as both author and editor exemplifies the sustained and productive encounter of ecocriticism, feminism and science studies AlaimoAlaimo and Hekman Each trope is developed with brief discussions of the principle historical works and their criticisms, chronologically and, at times, geographically.

The plausibility of such claims tends to be inversely proportional to the rhetorical emphasis with which they are made, and ecocriitcism I have chosen not to include intersectional work of the most ambitious kind.


While a few dcocriticism see it that way, there is now a relaxed acceptance that theoretical reasoning and philosophical reflection are modes of understanding as gref as personal experiences and close readings of cultural texts. The Handbook concludes with a superb reflective essay by Rob Nixon, whose book Slow Violence is an instant classic of postcolonial ecocriticism. The things that emerge from this process [of research] are neither merely material, real, independent of human beings; nor are they pure intellection, constructed by the will of scientists, ideology, or discourse.


Psychology Press- Literary Criticism – pages. The biophobic side of Foucault developed by Judith Butler is now being supplanted by a materialist conception of discourse that admits nonhuman agencies. The succeeding garard briefly introduce each of the essays in context.

While Sandilands is far more cautious than I am about recruiting this argument in service of Malthusian objections to overpopulation—not least because Edelman attempts to distinguish between the Child and actual children—she does see ecocritical uses for its aggressive anti-naturalism.

Contesting the Politics of Nature, Economy, and Culture. At the moment, outside academia the reverse is true: Ecocritical treatments of music are few and far between though see Green Letters: While for Foucault, the sole organism of interest is the human animal, and the institutions of bio-power the prison, the asylum and the sex clinic, ecocritics have ecocrkticism his analysis far beyond our own species.

If you already know about this field, then I would suggest something else. Contemporary Critical Perspectivesedited by Sebastian Groes, — The empiricism of my approach contrasts with the scepticism more generally typical of critical animal studies; it seeks to show that interdisciplinary study can yield deeper, more garrwrd knowledge of the collectives we inhabit than posthumanistic theorization can yield by itself.

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Thanks to dominant, anthropomorphic modes of characterization, novels may be less well suited than other literary genres to challenging anthropocentrism.