Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment

Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment

by Elizabeth DeLoughrey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195394437

ISBN-13: 9780195394436

Pub. Date: 04/20/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780195394436
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/20/2011
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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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