The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism

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The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism explores a range of critical perspectives used to analyze literature, film, and the visual arts in relation to the natural environment. Since the publication of field-defining works by Lawrence Buell, Jonathan Bate, and Cheryll Glotfelty and Harold Fromm in the 1990s, ecocriticism has become a conventional paradigm for critical analysis alongside queer theory, deconstruction, and postcolonial studies. The field includes numerous approaches, genres, movements, and media, as the...
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The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism explores a range of critical perspectives used to analyze literature, film, and the visual arts in relation to the natural environment. Since the publication of field-defining works by Lawrence Buell, Jonathan Bate, and Cheryll Glotfelty and Harold Fromm in the 1990s, ecocriticism has become a conventional paradigm for critical analysis alongside queer theory, deconstruction, and postcolonial studies. The field includes numerous approaches, genres, movements, and media, as the essays collected here demonstrate. The contributors come from around the globe and, similarly, the literature and media covered originate from several countries and continents. Taken together, the essays consider how literary and other cultural productions have engaged with the natural environment to investigate climate change, environmental justice, sustainability, the nature of "humanity," and more.

Featuring thirty-four original chapters, the volume is organized into three major areas. The first, History, addresses topics such as the Renaissance pastoral, Romantic poetry, the modernist novel, and postmodern transgenic art. The second, Theory, considers how traditional critical theories have expanded to include environmental perspectives. Included in this section are essays on queer theory, science studies, deconstruction, and postcolonialism. Genre, the final major section, explores the specific artforms that have animated the field over the past decade, including nature writing, children's literature, animated films, and digital media. A short section entitled Views from Here concludes the handbook by zeroing in on the various transnational perspectives informing the continued dissemination and globalization of the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199742929
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Garrard is the author of Ecocriticism (Routledge 2004), as well as numerous essays and articles. Currently, he is FCCS Sustainability Professor at the University of British Columbia, a National Teaching Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy, and a founding member and former Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

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Table of Contents

Preface - Cheryll Glotfelty

Part I - History

1. Chapter 1 - Being Green in Late Medieval English Literature - Gillian Rudd
2. Chapter 2 - Shadows of the Renaissance - Robert N. Watson
3. Chapter 3 - Romanticism and Ecocriticism - Kate Rigby
4. Chapter 4 - Cholera, Kipling and Tropical India - Pablo Mukherjee
5. Chapter 5 - Ecocriticism and Modernism - Anne Raine
6. Chapter 6 - Pataphysics and Postmodern Ecocriticism: A Prospectus - Adam Dickinson

Part II - Theory

7. Chapter 7 - Ecocriticism and the Politics of Representation - Cheryl Lousley
8. Chapter 8 - Phenomenology - Timothy Clark
9. Chapter 9 - W. E. B. Du Bois at the Grand Canyon: Nature, History, and Race in Darkwater - John Claborn
10. Chapter 10 - Feminist Science Studies and Ecocriticism: Aesthetics and Entanglement in the Deep Sea - Stacy Alaimo
11. Chapter 11 - Deconstruction and/as Ecology - Timothy Morton
12. Chapter 12 - Queer Life? Ecocriticism After the Fire - Catriona Sandilands
13. Chapter 13 - Ecocriticism, Posthumanism, and the Biological Idea of Culture - Helena Feder
14. Chapter 14 - Postcolonialism - Elizabeth DeLoughrey
15. Chapter 15 - Extinctions: Chronicles of Vanishing Fauna in the Colonial and Post-Colonial Caribbean - Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
16. Chapter 16 - Cosmovisions: Environmental Justice, Transnational American Studies, and Indigenous Literature - Joni Adamson
17. Chapter 17 - Biosemiotic Criticism - Timo Maran
18. Chapter 18 - Ferality Tales - Greg Garrard
19. Chapter 19 - Mediating Climate Change: Ecocriticism, Science Studies, and The Hungry Tide -Adam Trexler

Part III - Genre

20. Chapter 20 - Ecocritical approaches to literary form and genre: urgency, depth, provisionality, temporality - Richard Kerridge
21. Chapter 21 - Are You Serious? A Modest Proposal for Environmental Humor - Michael P. Branch
22. Chapter 22 - Is American Nature Writing Dead? - Daniel J. Philippon
23. Chapter 23 - Rethinking Eco-Film Studies - David Ingam
24. Chapter 24 - Green Banjo: The Ecoformalism of Old-Time Music - Scott Knickerbocker
25. Chapter 25 - Media Moralia: Reflections on Damaged Environments and Digital Life - Andrew McMurry
26. Chapter 26 - The Contemporary English Novel and its Challenges to Ecocriticism - Astrid Bracke
27. Chapter 27 - Environmental Writing for Children: A Selected Reconnaissance of Heritages, Emphases, Horizons - Lawrence Buell
28. Chapter 28 - "A Music Numerous as Space": Cognitive Environment and the House that Lyric Builds - Sharon Lattig
29. Chapter 29 - Talking About Climate Change: The Ecological Crisis and Narrative Form - Ursula Kluwick

Part IV - Conclusion

30. Chapter 30 - Engaging with Prakriti: A Survey of Ecocritical Praxis in India - Swarnalatha Rangarajan
31. Chapter 31 - Chinese Ecocriticism in the Last Ten Years - Qingqi Wei
32. Chapter 32 - Ecocriticism in Japan - Yuki Masami
33. Chapter 33 - German Ecocriticism: An Overview - Axel Goodbody
34. Chapter 34 - Barrier Beach - Rob Nixon

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