Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment

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The first edited collection to bring ecocritical studies into a necessary dialogue with postcolonial literature, this volume offers rich and suggestive ways to explore the relationship between humans and nature around the globe, drawing from texts from Africa and the Caribbean, as well as the Pacific Islands and South Asia. Turning to contemporary works by both well- and little-known postcolonial writers, the diverse contributions highlight the literary imagination as crucial to representing what Eduoard Glissant calls the "aesthetics of the earth." The essays are organized around a group of thematic concerns that engage culture and cultivation, arboriculture and deforestation, the lives of animals, and the relationship between the military and the tourist industry. With chapters that address works by J. M. Coetzee, Kiran Desai, Derek Walcott, Alejo Carpentier, Zakes Mda, and many others, Postcolonial Ecologies makes a remarkable contribution to rethinking the role of the humanities in addressing global environmental issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195394436
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth DeLoughrey is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures and a coeditor of Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture.

George B. Handley, Professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University, is the author of Postslavery Literatures of the Americas and New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda, and Walcott.

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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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