Where the Wild Books Are offers an overview of nearly 2,000 works of ecologically themed fiction ranging from profound philosophical meditations to action-packed entertainments. Jim Dwyer discusses the precursors and history of the genre, its rapid expansion since the 1970s, and its various forms and themes. He also surveys the subgenres into which it has evolved, such as speculative fiction, ecodefense, pastorals, animal stories, mysteries, ecofeminist novels, cautionary tales, and others, and provides a brief summary and critical commentary on each title. His scope is broad and covers work by Native American writers as well as ecofiction from around the world.
Far more than a mere listing of books, Where the Wild Books Are is a lively introduction to a vast universe of engaging, provocative writing. It can be used to develop book collections or curricula. It also serves as an introduction to one of the most fertile areas of contemporary fiction, presenting books that offer enjoyable reading and new insights into the vexing environmental questions of our time.
|Publisher:||University of Nevada Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Jim Dwyer is bibliographic services librarian at California State University, Chico. He is also the author of Earth Works: Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction About Nature and the Environment for Adults and Young Adults.
Table of Contents
1 Ecocriticism and Ecofiction: Definitions and Analyses 1
2 Ecofiction's Roots and Historical Development 9
3 Contemporary Ecofiction 32
4 Native American and Canadian Ecofiction 69
5 Ecofiction from All Around the World 79
6 Ecoromance: Doin' the Wild Thing 108
7 The Real West 117
8 Green Speculative Fiction 129
9 Mysteries 164
Appendix: 100 Best Books 185