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.Read more
- 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
Reviews & endorsements
"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 JournalsSee more reviews
"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
"Far from a pedestrian college textbook, Clark’s Introduction to Literature and the Environment is an erudite survey of ecocriticsm accessible to both scholar and student, as well as a practical tool for demonstrating literature’s representation of and engagement with environmental issues of all kinds … I can think of no better intellectual map of ecocriticism’s present state or future prospects than this book."
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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: Available
Table of Contents
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
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
20. The future of ecocriticism
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