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A Global History of Literature and the Environment

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Louise Westling, John Parham, Stephanie Dalley, Karen Thornber, Deborah Green, Murali Sivaramakrishnan, Chris Eckerman, Allen Christenson, Sarra Tlili, Steven Hartman, Reinhard Hennig, Astrid Ogilvie, Gillian Rudd, Elizabeth H. Cook, Kevin Hutchings, Laura Dassow Walls, Karen Chase, Michael Levenson, Tom Sykes, C. A. Cranston, Charles Dawson, Kelly Sultzbach, Hubert Zapf, Timo Maran, Kadri Tüür, Hangping Xu, Yuki Masami, Michael Niblett, Byron Caminero-Santangelo, Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Izabel F. O. Brandão, Lawrence Buell
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  • Date Published: January 2017
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  • In A Global History of Literature and the Environment, an international group of scholars illustrate the immense riches of environmental writing from the earliest literary periods down to the present. It addresses ancient writings about human/animal/plant relations from India, classical Greece, Chinese and Japanese literature, the Maya Popol Vuh, Islamic texts, medieval European works, eighteenth-century and Romantic ecologies, colonial/postcolonial environmental interrelations, responses to industrialization, and the emerging literatures of the world in the present Anthropocene moment. Essays range from Trinidad to New Zealand, Estonia to Brazil. Discussion of these texts indicates a variety of ways environmental criticism can fruitfully engage literary works and cultures from every continent and every historical period. This is a uniquely varied and rich international history of environmental writing from ancient Mesopotamian and Asian works to the present. It provides a compelling account of a topic that is crucial to twenty-first-century global literary studies.

    • Offers the first studies of environmental literature from the dawn of civilization
    • Provides the first truly global history of literature and the environment
    • Offers current, interdisciplinary approaches including material ecocriticism, postcolonial theory, literature and science studies, food studies, posthumanism, and indigenous narrative traditions
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    • Date Published: January 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108110419
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of contributors
    Acknowledgments
    Chronology
    Introduction Louise Westling and John Parham
    Part I. Beginnings:
    1. The natural world in ancient Mesopotamian literature Stephanie Dalley
    2. Environments of early Chinese and Japanese literatures Karen Thornber
    3. The Garden of Eden in the Hebrew Bible Deborah Green
    4. Ecopoetics and the literature of ancient India Murali Sivaramakrishnan
    5. Ancient Greek literature and the environment: a case study with Pindar's Olympian 7 Chris Eckerman
    6. 'Who shall be a sustainer?': maize and human mediation in the Maya Popol Vuh Allen Christenson
    7. I invoke God, therefore I am: nature's spirituality and its ecological impact in Islamic texts Sarra Tlili
    Part II. The Development of Humanism and the Industrial Age:
    8. 'Viking' ecologies: Icelandic sagas, local knowledge, and environmental memory Steven Hartman, Reinhard Hennig and Astrid Ogilvie
    9. Human responses to the environment in Medieval literature Gillian Rudd
    10. Remaking eighteenth-century ecologies: arboreal mobility Elizabeth H. Cook
    11. Romantic ecology, Aboriginal culture, and the ideology of improvement in British Atlantic literature Kevin Hutchings
    12. Natural history in the Anthropocene Laura Dassow Walls
    13. Bleak House, Liquid City, Climate to Climax in Dickens Karen Chase and Michael Levenson
    14. Fantastic metabolisms: a materialist approach to modern eco-speculative fiction Tom Sykes
    Part III. The Anthropocene:
    15. Climate and culture in Australia and New Zealand C. A. Cranston and Charles Dawson
    16. Modern English fiction Kelly Sultzbach
    17. Ecological thought and literature in Europe and Germany Hubert Zapf
    18. From birds and trees to texts: an ecosemiotic look at Estonian nature writing Timo Maran and Kadri Tüür
    19. Contemporary British poetry and the environment Leo Mellor
    20. Rescuing nature from the nation: ecocritical (un)consciousness in modern Chinese culture Hangping Xu
    21. Eating life at a contaminated table: the narrative significance of toxic meals in contemporary Japan Yuki Masami
    22. Commodity frontiers, Caribbean natures, and the aesthetics of ecological revolution in Trinidadian literature Michael Niblett
    23. Petro-violence and the act of bearing witness in contemporary Nigerian literature Byron Caminero-Santangelo
    24. Black ants and bones: Nehruvian science and third-world environment in the fiction of Satyajit Ray Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee
    25. Brazilian women poets on gender, nature, and the body Izabel F. O. Brandão
    26. Can the environmental imagination save the world? Lawrence Buell
    Further readings
    Index.

  • Editors

    John Parham, University of Worcester
    John Parham is Associate Head of Research and Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies in the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts at the University of Worcester. He has written Green Media and Popular Culture: An Introduction (2016) and Green Man Hopkins: Poetry and the Victorian Ecological Imagination (2010), edited The Environmental Tradition in English Literature (2002) and has co-edited Literature and Sustainability: Exploratory Essays (forthcoming). He has published extensively on Victorian ecology (including studies of Dickens, Mill, Gaskell and Zola) and green popular culture.

    Louise Westling, University of Oregon
    Louise Westling taught in the English Department at the University of Oregon from 1977 to 2015 and in the Environmental Studies Program from 1996 to 2015. Her publications include Sacred Groves and Ravaged Gardens: The Fiction of Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, and Flannery O'Connor (1985); The Green Breast of the New World: Landscape, Gender, and American Fiction (1996); The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language (2013); and, as editor, The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment (Cambridge, 2013).

    Contributors

    Louise Westling, John Parham, Stephanie Dalley, Karen Thornber, Deborah Green, Murali Sivaramakrishnan, Chris Eckerman, Allen Christenson, Sarra Tlili, Steven Hartman, Reinhard Hennig, Astrid Ogilvie, Gillian Rudd, Elizabeth H. Cook, Kevin Hutchings, Laura Dassow Walls, Karen Chase, Michael Levenson, Tom Sykes, C. A. Cranston, Charles Dawson, Kelly Sultzbach, Hubert Zapf, Timo Maran, Kadri Tüür, Hangping Xu, Yuki Masami, Michael Niblett, Byron Caminero-Santangelo, Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Izabel F. O. Brandão, Lawrence Buell

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