Coming into Contact: Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice

Coming into Contact: Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice

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Coming into Contact: Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice

A snapshot of ecocriticism in action, Coming into Contact collects sixteen previously unpublished essays that explore some of the most promising new directions in the study of literature and the environment. They look at previously unexamined or underexamined aspects of literature's relationship to the environment, including swamps, internment camps, Asian American environments, the urbanized Northeast, and lynching sites. The authors relate environmental discourse to application in the restoration of damaged landscapes, the teaching of green design in composition classes, the persuasive strategies of environmental activists, the practice of urban architecture, and the impact of human technologies on nature.

The essays also put ecocriticism into greater contact with natural sciences, in particular evolutionary biology, biological taxonomy, and geology. Engaging both ecocritical theory and practice, the authors align ecocriticism with the physical environment as well as with the wide range of texts, discourses, and cultural practices that concern it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820328850
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 02/15/2007
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Thinking of Our Life in Nature     1
Who Are We? Where Are We? Exploring the Boundaries of Ecocriticism
Of Swamp Dragons: Mud, Megalopolis, and a Future for Ecocriticism     17
Challenging the Confines: Haiku from the Prison Camps     39
Beyond Walden Pond: Asian American Literature and the Limits of Ecocriticism     58
To Name Is to Claim, or Remembering Place: Native American Writers Reclaim the Northeast     76
Lynching Sites: Where Trauma and Pastoral Collide     93
The Solid Earth! The Actual World! Environmental Discourse and Practice
Composition and the Rhetoric of Eco-Effective Design     111
A Mosaic of Landscapes: Ecological Restoration and the Work of Leopold, Coetzee, and Silko     128
Apocalyptic or Precautionary? Revisioning Texts in Environmental Literature     141
Facing the True Costs of Living: Arundhati Roy and Ishimure Michiko on Dams and Writing     154
Romanticism and the City: Toward a Green Architecture     168
Annie Dillard and the Book of Job: Notes toward a Postnatural Ecocriticism     185
Contact! Contact! Interdisciplinary Connections
Seeking Common Ground: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities     199
Mindless Fools and Leaves That Run: Subjectivity, Politics, and Myth in Scientific Nomenclature     209
Reading after Darwin: A Prospectus     221
Of Spiders, Ants, and Carnivorous Plants: Domesticity and Darwin in Mary Treat's Home Studies in Nature     234
The Great, Shaggy Barbaric Earth: Geological Writings of John Burroughs     250
Contributors     261
Index     265

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