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The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment

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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521896351

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  • Environmental criticism is a relatively new discipline that brings the global problem of environmental crisis to the forefront of literary and cultural studies. This introduction defines what eco-criticism is and provides a set of conceptual tools to encourage students to look at the texts they're reading in a new way.

    • Relates environmental studies to literature, showing how texts can be read with green issues in mind
    • Offers practical models to students for reading and writing environmental criticism and theory
    • Boxed sections map out the current theoretical debates in the field in an accessible way
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    "This book offers an explanatory overview of ecocentric literary and cultural criticism and serves as an introduction to the concepts, methods, and arguments of ecocriticism."
    -Scott Slovic,Isle of Oxford Journals

    "In this superb book, Timothy Clark has achieved what the best introductions for students achieve: brief, accurate and readable summaries of the main positions in a field, combined with a series of provocative and stimulating questions to be explored in class. Clark has done this and more - he has written a book that any ecocritic should read, since as well as setting out the central dilemmas with a rare clarity and sharpness, it asks searching questions that challenge some of ecocriticism's most established positions."
    -Richard Kerridge, Green Letters

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521896351
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction: the challenge
    Part I. Romantic and Anti-Romantic:
    1. Old World Romanticism
    2. New World Romanticism
    3. Genre and the ethics of nonfiction
    4. Language beyond the human?
    5. The inherent violence of Western thought?
    6. Posthumanism and the 'end of nature'
    Part II. The Boundaries of the Political:
    7. Thinking like a mountain?
    8. Environmental justice and the move 'beyond nature writing'
    9. European eco-justice
    10. Liberalism and Green moralism
    11. Ecofeminism
    12. 'Postcolonial' eco-justice
    13. Questions of scale: the local, the national and the global
    Part III. Science and the Struggle for Intellectual Authority:
    14. Science and the crisis of authority
    15. Science studies
    16. Evolutionary theories of literature
    17. Interdisciplinarity and science: two essays on human evolution
    Part IV. The Animal Mirror:
    18. Ethics and the nonhuman animal
    19. Anthropomorphism
    20. The future of ecocriticism
    Further reading
    Index.

  • Author

    Timothy Clark, University of Durham

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