Ecocritical Theology: Neo-Pastoral Themes in American Fiction from 1960 to the Present

Ecocritical Theology: Neo-Pastoral Themes in American Fiction from 1960 to the Present

by Joan Anderson Ashford

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Ecocritical Theology: Neo-Pastoral Themes in American Fiction from 1960 to the Present by Joan Anderson Ashford

The literary field of ecocriticism appraises texts from the perspective of the natural world, its biosystems, its animals (human and otherwise), and its ecological interconnections. Exploring a range of contemporary American novelists whose narratives resonate with numerous ecological challenges, this work examines humankind’s relationship with the environment in the context of Judeo-Christian theological views. It demonstrates how characters from novels such as John Updike’s Rabbit Run, DeLillo’s White Noise, Toni Morrison’s Paradise, and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road take neopastoral journeys to rediscover an innovative relationship with nature and religion. While some are successful, others turn away from the landscape’s spirituality, retreating into technological inventions. The journeys of these fictional American heroes, this volume shows, mirror ongoing, theological, nuclear age convictions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786469741
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Joan Anderson Ashford lives in Conyers, Georgia, where she teaches Bible studies and writing classes.

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