Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies

Conversations from Earth to Cosmos

Author: Salma Monani,Joni Adamson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317449118

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

View: 9736

This book addresses the intersections between the interdisciplinary realms of Ecocriticism and Indigenous and Native American Studies, and between academic theory and pragmatic eco-activism conducted by multiethnic and indigenous communities. It illuminates the multi-layered, polyvocal ways in which artistic expressions render ecological connections, drawing on scholars working in collaboration with Indigenous artists from all walks of life, including film, literature, performance, and other forms of multimedia to expand existing conversations. Both local and global in its focus, the volume includes essays from multiethnic and Indigenous communities across the world, visiting topics such as Navajo opera, Sami film production history, south Indian tribal documentary, Maori art installations, Native American and First Nations science-fiction literature and film, Amazonian poetry, and many others. Highlighting trans-Indigenous sensibilities that speak to worldwide crises of environmental politics and action against marginalization, the collection alerts readers to movements of community resilience and resistance, cosmological thinking about inter- and intra-generational multi-species relations, and understandings of indigenous aesthetics and material ecologies. It engages with emerging environmental concepts such as multispecies ethnography, cosmopolitics, and trans-indigeneity, as well as with new areas of ecocritical research such as material ecocriticism, biosemiotics, and media studies. In its breadth and scope, this book promises new directions for ecocritical thought and environmental humanities practice, providing thought-provoking insight into what it means to be human in a locally situated, globally networked, and cosmologically complex world.

Southeast Asian Ecocriticism

Theories, Practices, Prospects

Author: John Charles Ryan

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 149854598X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

View: 3149

This book offers a timely exploration of the rapidly growing field of ecocriticism and gives prominence to the writers, creators, theorists, traditions, concerns, and landscapes of Southeast Asia. The contributors emphasize the transnational flows between Southeast Asian countries and Australia, England, Taiwan (Formosa), and the United States.

American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship

Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons

Author: Joni Adamson,Kimberly N. Ruffin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415628237

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 269

View: 1016

Contributors to the collection examine literary, historical, and cultural examples from the 19th century to the 21st. They explore notions of the common--namely, common humanity, common wealth, and common ground--and the relation of these notions to often conflicting definitions of who (or what) can have access to "citizenship" and "rights." The book engages in scholarly ecological analysis via the lens of various human groups--ethnic, racial, gendered, coalitional--that are shaping twenty-first century environmental experience and vision.

Framing the World

Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film

Author: Paula Willoquet-Maricondi

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813930057

Category: Nature

Page: 258

View: 690

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American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice, and Ecocriticism

The Middle Place

Author: Joni Adamson

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816517923

Category: Social Science

Page: 213

View: 303

Although much contemporary American Indian literature examines the relationship between humans and the land, most Native authors do not set their work in the "pristine wilderness" celebrated by mainstream nature writers. Instead, they focus on settings such as reservations, open-pit mines, and contested borderlands. Drawing on her own teaching experience among Native Americans and on lessons learned from such recent scenes of confrontation as Chiapas and Black Mesa, Joni Adamson explores why what counts as "nature" is often very different for multicultural writers and activist groups than it is for mainstream environmentalists. This powerful book is one of the first to examine the intersections between literature and the environment from the perspective of the oppressions of race, class, gender, and nature, and the first to review American Indian literature from the standpoint of environmental justice and ecocriticism. By examining such texts as Sherman Alexie's short stories and Leslie Marmon Silko's novel Almanac of the Dead, Adamson contends that these works, in addition to being literary, are examples of ecological criticism that expand Euro-American concepts of nature and place. Adamson shows that when we begin exploring the differences that shape diverse cultural and literary representations of nature, we discover the challenge they present to mainstream American culture, environmentalism, and literature. By comparing the work of Native authors such as Simon Ortiz with that of environmental writers such as Edward Abbey, she reveals opportunities for more multicultural conceptions of nature and the environment. More than a work of literary criticism, this is a book about the search to find ways to understand our cultural and historical differences and similarities in order to arrive at a better agreement of what the human role in nature is and should be. It exposes the blind spots in early ecocriticism and shows the possibilities for building common groundÑ a middle placeÑ where writers, scholars, teachers, and environmentalists might come together to work for social and environmental change.

Aspects of Transnational and Indigenous Cultures

Author: Hsinya Huang,Clara Shu-Chun Chang

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 144387308X

Category: Art

Page: 250

View: 6505

Aspects of Transnational and Indigenous Cultures addresses the issues of place and mobility, aesthetics and politics, as well as identity and community, which have emerged in the framework of Global/Transnational American and Indigenous Studies. With its ten chapters – contributions from the U.S., Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan – the volume conceptualizes a comparative/trans-national paradigm for crossing over national, regional and international boundaries and, in so doing, to imagine a shared world of poetics and aesthetics in contemporary transnational scholarship.

The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism

Author: Greg Garrard

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199908192

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 600

View: 9500

The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism provides a broad survey of the longstanding relationship between literature and the environment. The moment for such an offering is opportune in many respects: multiple environmental crises are increasingly inescapable at both transnational and local levels; the role of the humanities in addition to technology and politics is increasingly recognized as central for exploring and finding solutions; and the subject of ecocriticism has reached a kind of critical mass, both within its Anglo-American heartlands and beyond. From its origins in the study of American Nature Writing and British Romanticism, ecocriticism has developed along numerous theoretical, historical, cultural and geographical axes, the most contemporary and exciting of which will be represented in the Handbook. The contributors include eminent founders of the field, including Michael Branch and Richard Kerridge, a number of key 'second-wave' ecocritics, and the best up-and-coming scholars. Topics covered include: Renaissance anxieties about nature; the challenges of representing climate change; the racialization of the environment in the early 20th century; language and the concept of biosemiotics; and the possibilities for environmental humour.

Ecocinema Theory and Practice

Author: Stephen Rust,Salma Monani,Sean Cubitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415899427

Category: Art

Page: 325

View: 9329

Ecocinema Theory and Practice is the first collection of its kind--an anthology that offers a comprehensive introduction to the rapidly growing field of eco-film criticism, a branch of critical scholarship that investigates cinema's intersections with environmental understandings. It references seminal readings through cutting edge research and is designed as an introduction to the field as well as a sourcebook. It defines ecocinema studies, sketches its development over the past twenty years, provides theoretical frameworks for moving forward, and presents eloquent examples of the practice of eco-film criticism through essays written by the field's leading and emerging scholars. From explicitly environmental films such as Werner Herzong's Grizzly Man and Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow to less obvious examples like Errol Morris's Fast, Cheap & Out of Control and Christopher Nolan's Inception, the pieces in this collection comprehensively interrogate the breadth of ecocinema. Ecocinema Theory and Practice also directs readers to further study through lists of recommended readings, professional organizations, and relevant periodicals.

Indigenous North American Drama

A Multivocal History

Author: Birgit Däwes

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438446616

Category: Drama

Page: 234

View: 6689

Traces the historical dimensions of Native North American drama using a critical perspective.

Indigenous Rights in the Age of the UN Declaration

Author: Elvira Pulitano

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107022444

Category: Law

Page: 352

View: 6261

Elvira Pulitano examines the relevance of international law in advancing indigenous peoples' struggles for self-determination and cultural flourishing.

Re-Imagining Nature's Nation

Native American and Native Hawaiian Literature, Environment, and Empire

Author: Claudia Deetjen

Publisher: Universitatsverlag Winter

ISBN: 9783825365714


Page: 236

View: 2237

This book looks at contemporary Native American and Native Hawaiian environmentally-oriented literature that critically engages with the environmental dimensions of imperialism and colonialism both in the past and in the present. Situated in the fields of Indigenous Studies and postcolonial ecocriticism, it explores how Native American authors N. Scott Momaday and Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, Diane Glancy and Blake Hausman as well as Native Hawaiian writer Kiana Davenport adapt Anglo-American forms of environmental writing in order to challenge discourses of the United States as 'nature's nation' and make visible the profound transformations of American and world environments in the course of empires.

Affective Ecocriticism

Emotion, Embodiment, Environment

Author: Kyle Bladow,Jennifer Ladino

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1496206797

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

View: 8883

Scholars of ecocriticism have long tried to articulate emotional relationships to environments. Only recently, however, have they begun to draw on the complex interdisciplinary body of research known as affect theory. Affective Ecocriticism takes as its premise that ecocritical scholarship has much to gain from the rich work on affect and emotion happening within social and cultural theory, geography, psychology, philosophy, queer theory, feminist theory, narratology, and neuroscience, among others. This vibrant and important volume imagines a more affective—and consequently more effective—ecocriticism, as well as a more environmentally attuned affect studies. These interdisciplinary essays model a range of approaches to emotion and affect in considering a variety of primary texts, including short story collections, films, poetry, curricular programs, and contentious geopolitical locales such as Canada’s Tar Sands. Several chapters deal skeptically with familiar environmentalist affects like love, hope, resilience, and optimism; others consider what are often understood as negative emotions, such as anxiety, disappointment, and homesickness—all with an eye toward reinvigorating or reconsidering their utility for the environmental humanities and environmentalism. Affective Ecocriticism offers an accessible approach to this theoretical intersection that will speak to readers across multiple disciplinary and geographic locations.

Roads, Mobility, and Violence in Indigenous Literature and Art from North America

Author: Deena Rymhs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429620357

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 166

View: 9418

Roads, Mobility, and Violence in Indigenous Literature and Art from North America explores mobility, spatialized violence, and geographies of activism in a diverse archive of literary and visual art by Indigenous authors and artists. Building on Raymond Williams’s observation that "traffic is not only a technique; it is a form of consciousness and a form of social relations," this book pulls into focus racial, sexual, and environmental violence localized around roads. Reading this archive of texts next to lived struggles over spatial justice, Rymhs argues that roads are spaces of complex signification. For many Indigenous communities, the road has not often been so open. Recent Indigenous writing and visual art explores this tension between mobility and confinement. Drawing primarily on the work of Marie Clements, Tomson Highway, Marilyn Dumont, Leanne Simpson, Richard Van Camp, Kent Monkman, and Louise Erdrich, this volume examines histories of uprooting and violence associated with roads. Along with exploring these fraught histories of mobility, this book emphasizes various ways in which Indigenous communities have transformed roads into sites of political resistance and social memory.


Author: Indra Sinha

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783940111876


Page: 508

View: 3367


Wo(men) and Bears

The Gifts of Nature, Culture and Gender Revisited

Author: Kaarina Kailo

Publisher: Inanna Publications & Education Incorporated


Category: Social Science

Page: 387

View: 1702

Cultural Writing. Gender Studies. WO(MEN) AND BEARS revisits classical debates in women's cultural and Native studies regarding nature and culture. As a mixed-genre anthology--academic and poetic, conversational and critical--the book consists of interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches on a widely-circulated ancient myth, story, history, and sacred law (ayaawux) focused on wo(men) co-habiting with bears where women defy dualistic gender roles and relations and interact with nature in a variety of adaptive or transgressive ways.


Critical Essays

Author: Rayson K. Alex,S. Susan Deborah

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137562242

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 213

View: 6411

This book features ten critical essays on ecodocumentaries written by eminent scholars from India, USA, Ireland, Finland and Turkey in the area of ecocinema studies. Situating social documentaries with explicit ecological form and content, the volume takes relational positions on political, cultural and conservational aspects of natures and cultures in various cultural contexts. Documentaries themed around issues such as electronic waste, animal rights, land ethics, pollution of river, land grabbing, development and exotic plants are some of the topics ecocritiqued in this volume.

Nordic Narratives of Nature and the Environment

Ecocritical Approaches to Northern European Literatures and Cultures

Author: Reinhard Hennig,Anna-Karin Jonasson,Peter Degerman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498561918

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

View: 2989

This work presents ecocritical research on literature, film and other media from northern Europe. Examining the role of culture, history and society in the forming of Nordic narratives of nature and the environment, the anthology offers a comprehensive and multi-faceted overview of the most recent ecocritical research in Scandinavian studies.

Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Second Edition

Author: Bruce Burgett,Glenn Hendler

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814725317

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 3934

Since its initial publication, scholars and students alike have turned to Keywords for American Cultural Studies as an invaluable resource for understanding key terms and debates in the fields of American studies and cultural studies. As scholarship has continued to evolve, this revised and expanded second edition offers indispensable meditations on new and developing concepts used in American studies, cultural studies, and beyond. It is equally useful for college students who are trying to understand what their teachers are talking about, for general readers who want to know what’s new in scholarly research, and for professors who just want to keep up. Designed as a print-digital hybrid publication, Keywords collects more than 90 essays—30 of which are new to this edition—from interdisciplinary scholars, each on a single term such as “America,” “culture,” “law,” and “religion.” Alongside “community,” “prison,” "queer," “region,” and many others, these words are the nodal points in many of today’s most dynamic and vexed discussions of political and social life, both inside and outside of the academy. The Keywords website, which features 33 essays, provides pedagogical tools that engage the entirety of the book, both in print and online. The publication brings together essays by scholars working in literary studies and political economy, cultural anthropology and ethnic studies, African American history and performance studies, gender studies and political theory. Some entries are explicitly argumentative; others are more descriptive. All are clear, challenging, and critically engaged. As a whole, Keywords for American Cultural Studies provides an accessible A to Z survey of prevailing academic buzzwords and a flexible tool for carving out new areas of inquiry.