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From the Publisher"Where did ecocriticism spring from? What directions has it takenon both sides of the Atlantic and beyond? What have been its keydebates? What are its most radical strands that should takeenvironmentally aware literary criticism into the future? Economically and elegantly, Lawrence Buell develops an astutelyjudged overview of a richly diverse but crucially importantmovement in literary studies. A leading practitioner in the field,Buell reveals how his own work has been influenced by the keydebates and identifies the challenges for us all, writers andreaders, local neighbours and global species, in facing the futureour literary culture mediates and influences." Terry Gifford,author of Pastoral (1999) and The Unreliable Mushrooms (poetry,2003).
"A much needed overview of a vital new field, The Future ofEnvironmental Criticism captures the ecocriticalmovement’s present state of dynamic metamorphosis as it opensinto post-humanism and ecofeminism, engages poststructural theoryand environmental justice, and tests out alliances with variousscientific fields and critical science studies in an increasinglyinternational context. Nobody could accomplish this task betterthan Lawrence Buell, whose earlier books The EnvironmentalImagination and Writing for an Endangered World havebecome defining works for the environmental turn in literaryscholarship. The previous works were primarily American in focus,while the new one begins in an Anglo-American context and broadensto a global literary scope. This latest volume completes anindispensable trilogy." Louise Westling, University ofOregon
“Buell (Harvard) is one of the US’s major voices onenvironmental criticism-.-a fairly recent area of literary andcultural studies known as “ecocriticism.” Severalrecent works have offered suggestions about how this movement orapproach can be defined, but none addresses the subject so broadly,so authoritatively, and in such precise and carefully consideredterms as this one does- Buell helped establish the terms forhumanistic environmental writing with The Environmental Imagination(CR, Sep’95, 33-0121) and Writing for an Endangered World(CH, Nov01., 39-1386), and he perceives the present study as a“roadmap of trends, emphases, and controversies within greenliterary studies more generally.’ Comprising five briefchapters, all accessible and extraordinarily well informed, thebook starts with a history of environmental criticism and writing;moves to a consideration of the relevant major writers involved incomplicating its issues; considers its impact in terms of ethicsand gender and of the judiciary and politics; and finally looks atits future, The glossary, full notes, and extended bibliographymake it clear that the book’s main thrust is definitional,though Buell sees the study as more ‘essayistic” thandefinitive, Summing Up: Essential: All academic libraries.”T. Loe, SUNY Oswego
“Buell’s survey, framed by chapters about theemergence and possible future development of ecocriticism,organizes its material through a focus on issues of literaryrealism and representation in their relation to nature (chapter 2);the central role of place, space, and imagination for ecocriticalthought (chapter 3); and a discussion of politics and ethics inecocriticism that ranges from deep ecology to ecofeminism andenvironmental justice (chapter 4). These broad but well chosencategories allow Buell to cover an enormous range of creative andtheoretical material that he discusses with the encompassingmastery and insight that readers of his two earlier works onecocriticism … have come to expect.”
"This is an important beginning that shows how the futureof the book lies in the past." Travis V. Mason, CanadianLiterature 191
“An extremely methodical, accessible, and timelyintroduction to the field of environmental criticism forspecialists and non-specialists alike, a teasing insight intoecocriticism at work, and an excellent exposition of thedevelopment and evolution of the discipline in its most recentmanifestations.”
Ruth Glynn, University of Bristol, Modern LanguageReview