The ISLE Reader: Ecocriticism, 1993-2003

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This volume gathers nineteen of the most representative and defining essays from the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment over the course of its first ten years.

Following an introduction that traces the stages of ecocriticism's development, The ISLE Reader is organized into three sections, each of which reflects one of the general goals the journal has sought to accomplish. The section titled "Re-evaluations" provides new readings of familiar environmental writers and new environmental perspectives on authors or literary traditions not usually considered from a green perspective. The writings in "Reaching Out to Other Disciplines" promote cross-pollination among various disciplines and methodologies in the environmental arts and humanities. The writings in the final section, "New Theoretical and Practical Paradigms," are especially significant for the conceptual and methodological terrain they map.

The ISLE Reader documents the state of research in ecocriticism and related interdisciplinary fields, provides a survey of the field, and points to new methodologies and possibilities for the future.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Every new literary movement needs its journal. We have needed ISLE to show us what we might do, where we might go, whom we might learn from, debate with, or perhaps even overleap."—Terry Gifford, Reader in Literature and Environment, University of Leeds, U.K.

"This volume is a true celebration of the first decade of ISLE and will make a valuable contribution to the ongoing project of the ‘greening’ of literary and cultural studies."—Kate Rigby, Monash University

"Branch and Slovic are entirely right that a 'journal is a substantial written record of the progress of a community of thinkers.' This tenth anniversary anthology is a testimony to the quality of ISLE, to those who've sown the weeds of ecocriticism.”—ISLE

"If ecocriticism has become a household word in academe, as I believe it has, the credit mostly goes to ASLE and its journal. . . . a solid, deservedly celebratory book that ISLE readers will want to know."—Western American Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820325163
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Branch is a professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is coeditor of such books as The Height of Our Mountains and Reading the Earth. Scott Slovic is a professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. His many books include Getting over the Color Green and Seeking Awareness in American Nature Writing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Surveying the Emergence of Ecocriticism
Aldo Leopold: Aesthetic "Anthropocentrist" 3
Kitkitdizze, Zendo, and Place: Gary Snyder as a Reinhabitory Poet 10
Toward a Postmodern Pastoral: The Erotic Landscape in the Work of Gretel Ehrlich 22
"The Locus of Compossibility": Virginia Woolf, Modernism, and Place 33
No Trees Please, We're Jewish 49
The Virtual Crowd: Overpopulation, Space, and Speciesism 72
If Thomas Jefferson Had Visited Niagara Falls: The Sublime Wilderness Spectacle in America, 1775-1825 102
Landscapes of Hope and Destruction: Ecological Poetry in Spanish America 124
How Green Was My Advertising: American Ecoconsumerism 143
Dominion, Empathy, and Symbiosis: Gender and Anthropocentrism in Romanticism 155
KB in Green: Ecology, Critical Theory, and Kenneth Burke 173
Tales of the Wonderful Hunt 188
Going to Basho's Pine: Wilderness Education for the Twenty-first Century 203
Ten+(Alternative) Films about American Cities 217
Literary Activism and the Bioregional Agenda 243
Ecocriticism: What Is It Good For? 258
Toward a Natural History of Reading 282
From Wide Open Spaces to Metropolitan Places: The Urban Challenge to Ecocriticism 296
Home on the Prairie? A Feminist and Postcolonial Reading of Sharon Butala, Di Brandt, and Joy Kogawa 318
Notes on Editors and Contributors 345
Credits 351
Index 353
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