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The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment


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Louise Westling, Terry Gifford, Alfred Siewers, Shari Huhndorf, Axel Goodbody, Timothy Clark, Catriona Sandilands, Leo Mellor, Wendy Wheeler, Janet Fiskio, Sarah McFarland, Joni Adamson, Bonnie Roos, Alex Hunt, Karen Thornber, Kate Rigby, Stephen Rust
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  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107029927

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment is an authoritative guide to the exciting new interdisciplinary field of environmental literary criticism. The collection traces the development of ecocriticism from its origins in European pastoral literature and offers fifteen rigorous but accessible essays on the present state of environmental literary scholarship. Contributions from leading experts in the field probe a range of issues, including the place of the human within nature, ecofeminism and gender, engagements with European philosophy and the biological sciences, critical animal studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and climate change. A chronology of key publications and bibliography provide ample resources for further reading, making The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment an essential guide for students, teachers, and scholars working in this rapidly developing area of study.

    • This is a rigorous yet accessible guide to the exciting interdisciplinary field of ecocriticism
    • Authoritative essays display the range of theoretical and practical approaches to environmental literary scholarship
    • Theoretical approaches range from environmental justice to climate change, posthumanism, animal studies, ecocinema, wilderness theory and biosemiotics
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    '… provides a wide-ranging overview of the first three decades of ecocriticism, gives both a thorough introduction of the field to the novice, as well as suggestions for those more familiar with the field on where ecocriticism is going next. Consequently, it is an important contribution to the development of the field, and a testimony to its growing importance as a mode of analysis.' Astrid Bracke, English Studies

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    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107029927
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Louise Westling
    Part I. Foundations:
    1. Pastoral, anti-pastoral, and post-pastoral Terry Gifford
    2. The green otherworlds of early medieval literature Alfred Siewers
    3. 'Mapping by words': the politics of land in Native American literature Shari Huhndorf
    Part II. Theories:
    4. Ecocritical theory: romantic roots and impulses from twentieth-century European thinkers Axel Goodbody
    5. Nature, post nature Timothy Clark
    6. Violent affinities: sex, gender, and species in Cereus Blooms at Night Catriona Sandilands
    7. The lure of the wilderness Leo Mellor
    Part III. Interdisciplinary Engagements:
    8. 'Tongues I'll hang on every tree': biosemiotics and the Book of Nature Wendy Wheeler
    9. Sauntering along the border: Thoreau, Nabhan, and food politics Janet Fiskio
    10. Animal studies, literary animals, and Yann Martel's Life of Pi Sarah McFarland
    Part IV. Major Directions:
    11. Environmental justice, cosmopolitics, and climate change Joni Adamson
    12. Systems and secrecy: postcolonial ecocriticism and Ghosh's The Calcutta Chromosome Bonnie Roos and Alex Hunt
    13. Environmental crises and East Asian literatures: uncertain presents and futures Karen Thornber
    14. Confronting catastrophe: ecocriticism in a warming world Kate Rigby
    15. Ecocinema and the wildlife film Stephen Rust.

  • Editor

    Louise Westling, University of Oregon
    Louise Westling has been teaching in the English Department at the University of Oregon since 1977. She served as a visiting professor at the University of Tübingen and a Fulbright Professor at the University of Heidelberg, and as a president and founding member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. She is the author of The Green Breast of the New World: Landscape, Gender, and American Fiction (1996), and of the forthcoming The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language (2013).


    Louise Westling, Terry Gifford, Alfred Siewers, Shari Huhndorf, Axel Goodbody, Timothy Clark, Catriona Sandilands, Leo Mellor, Wendy Wheeler, Janet Fiskio, Sarah McFarland, Joni Adamson, Bonnie Roos, Alex Hunt, Karen Thornber, Kate Rigby, Stephen Rust

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