Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195394429
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth DeLoughrey is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UCLA. With George Handley and Renée Gosson, she is the co-editor of Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (U Virginia 2005) and with Cara Cilano, she has edited a special issue of the journal Isle on postcolonial ecocriticism (2007). She has published articles about postcolonial literature in journals such as Ariel, Interventions, Modern Fiction Studies, and PMLA. She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures (U Hawaìi 2007) and currently completing a manuscript about globalization, nature, and the tropics.

George B. Handley, Professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University, is the author of Postslavery Literatures of the Americas (Virginia 2000) and New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda, and Walcott (Georgia 2007). His is also the co-editor, with Elizabeth DeLoughrey and Renée Gosson, of Caribbean Literature and the Environment (Virginia 2006). His articles have appeared in ISLE, Callaloo, Mississippi Quarterly, American Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, and others.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards an Aesthetics of the Earth Elizabeth DeLoughrey & George Handley

I.Cultivating Place

Chapter 1 Cultivating Community:Counterlandscaping in Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss Jill Didur

Chapter 2 Haiti's Elusive Paradise LeGrace Benson

Chapter 3 Towards a Caribbean Ecopoetics: Derek Walcott's Language of Plants Elaine Savory

II. Forest Fictions

Chapter 4 Deforestation and the Yearning for Lost Landscapes in Caribbean Literatures Lizabeth Paravisini Gebert

Chapter 5 The Postcolonial Ecology of the New World Baroque:
Alejo Carpentier's The Lost Steps George B. Handley

Chapter 6 Forest Fictions and Ecological Crises:
Reading the Politics of Survival in Mahasweta Devi's "Dhowli"
Jennifer Wenzel

III. The Lives of (Nonhuman) Animals

Chapter 7. Stranger in the Eco-Village: Environmental Time, Race, and Ecologies of Looking Rob Nixon

Chapter 8. What the Whales Would Tell Us: Cetacean Communication in Novels by Witi Ihimaera,Linda Hogan, Zakes Mda, and Amitav Ghosh Jonathan Steinwand

Chapter 9. Compassion, Commodification, and The Lives of Animals: J.M. Coetzee's Recent Fiction Allison Carruth

Chapter 10. "Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us:" Toxic Postcoloniality in Animal's People Pablo Mukherjee

IV. Militourism

Chapter 11. Heliotropes: Solar Ecologies and Pacific Radiations Elizabeth DeLoughrey

Chapter 12. Activating Voice, Body, and Place:
Kanaka Maoli and Ma'ohi Writings for Kaho'olawe and Moruroa Dina El Dessouky

Chapter 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

Chapter 14. In Place: Tourism, Cosmopolitan Bioregionalism, and Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness Byron Caminero-Santangelo

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