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Exhausted Ecologies

Exhausted Ecologies
Modernism and Environmental Recovery


  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108477918

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  • This book evaluates twentieth century British and Global Anglophone literature in relation to the growth of ecological thinking in the United Kingdom. Restless modernists such as D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Djuna Barnes, and Jean Rhys developed a literary aesthetic of slowness and immediacy to critique the exhausting and dehumanizing aspects of modern urban and industrial life. At the same time, environmental groups such as the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves and the Smoke Abatement League moved from economic registers of 'value' and 'trust' to more cultural terms of 'recovery' and 'regeneration' to position nature as a healing force in the postwar era. Through a variety of literary, scientific, and political texts, an environmental movement emerged alongside the fast, fragmented, and traumatic aspects of modernization in order to sustain place and community in terms of lateral influence and ecological dependence.

    • Takes an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing literature and environment
    • Situates early twentieth-century writers and activists within contemporary debates about the environment
    • Provides extensive archival material to illustrate environmental history as well as giving a deeper discussion of authors
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    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108477918
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: places of rest
    1. Nature's reserves: rural exhaustion, inertia, and generative aesthetics
    2. Urban environs: James Joyce and the politics of shared atmosphere
    3. Waste lands: dark pastoral in T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, and Djuna Barnes
    4. Uprooting empire: Jean Rhys and unrest in imperial centers
    5. Decolonizing ecology: Chinua Achebe's new forms of unease
    Conclusion: the limits of modernist regeneration.

  • Author

    Andrew Kalaidjian, California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Andrew Kalaidjian is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He received his Ph.D. in English from University of California, Santa Barbara and his BA from Columbia University. A former University of California Graduate Fellow in Humanities, he is the recipient of the Seymour Brick Prize for Playwriting, the Albert and Elaine Borchard Fellowship for European Research, and the Richard Helgerson Graduate Student Achievement Award.

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