Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media

Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media

popularization of postcolonial environmental literature and media and postcolonial theory, in general. However, Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George Handley rightly worry that such a welcome “expansion” of “American ecocriticism” and its ...

Author: Cajetan Iheka

Publisher: Modern Language Association

ISBN: 9781603295550

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

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Taking up the idea that teaching is a political act, this collection of essays reflects on recent trends in ecocriticism and the implications for pedagogy. Focusing on a diverse set of literature and media, the book also provides background on historical and theoretical issues that animate the field of postcolonial ecocriticism. The scope is broad, encompassing not only the Global South but also parts of the Global North that have been subject to environmental degradation as a result of colonial practices. Considering both the climate crisis and the crisis in the humanities, the volume navigates theoretical resources, contextual scaffolding, classroom activities, assessment, and pedagogical possibilities and challenges. Essays are grounded in environmental justice and the project to decolonize the classroom, addressing works from Africa, New Zealand, Asia, and Latin America and issues such as queer ecofeminism, disability, Latinx literary production, animal studies, interdisciplinarity, and working with environmental justice organizations.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Slow Violence in Contemporary American Environmental Literature

Slow Violence in Contemporary American Environmental Literature

The ecocritic should avoid a shallow environmentalism and deepen the research to the level of questioning and deconstructing the metanarratives that shape human beings' understanding of the environment. Mazel calls on literary critics ...

Author: Erden El

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527563902

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 205

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It has been approximately nine years since Rob Nixon coined the term ‘slow violence’ to express the slow but deadly changes in the environment which cause the suffering of the poor. These environmental catastrophes take place so gradually and out of sight that they are often ignored. While Nixon dealt with the issues of slow violence in the Global South, this book argues that slow violence is not limited to this region, showing that poorer parts of America suffer from slow violence. Concentrating on Illinois and the Appalachian region, it reveals how slow violence occurs in these places and discusses the reflections of slow violence in various novels set in these locations.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Literature and the Environment

Literature and the Environment

Scholars and teachers of environmental literature have traditionally valued Ceremony because of the beautiful passages describing Tayo's growing sense of contact with the landscape of the American Southwest , his native land .

Author: George Hart

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313321493

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 197

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Scholars critique the works of eleven leading 20th century authors who have explored environmental issues in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Environmental Awareness and the Design of Literature

Environmental Awareness and the Design of Literature

“a future in which literary theory (while not forgetting its many other pursuits) will also join with ethical ... During the same years, environmental literature was appearing in conference programs, as in a special session of the ...

Author: François Specq

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004324831

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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Environmental Awareness and the Design of Literature offers analyses of the diverse ways in which literature helps us escape the rigid frames of commonly assumed worldviews, and thus can transform our relation to the physical world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Using the Agricultural Environmental and Food Literature

Using the Agricultural  Environmental  and Food Literature

Comprehensive index to biological literature, with good coverage of ecology and environmental science and natural resources. Includes subjects having to do with biodiversity, entomology, and the influences of environmental changes on ...

Author: Barbara S. Hutchinson

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780824743765

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 536

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This text discusses a wide range of print and electronic media to locate hard-to-find documents, navigate poorly indexed subjects and investigate specific research topics and subcategories. It includes a chapter on grey and extension literature covering technical reports and international issues.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Environmental Practice and Early American Literature

Environmental Practice and Early American Literature

In the context of literary theory and linguistics, the striking theory of poiesis embodied in The Oak—Openings may, by elucidating the ways in which natural material can become organizational form in the exercise of environmental ...

Author: Michael Ziser

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107244474

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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This original and provocative study tells the story of American literary history from the perspective of its environmental context. Weaving together close readings of early American texts with ecological histories of tobacco, potatoes, apples and honey bees, Michael Ziser presents a method for literary criticism that explodes the conceptual distinction between the civilized and natural world. Beginning with the English exploration of Virginia in the sixteenth century, Ziser argues that the settlement of the 'New World' - and the cultivation and exploitation of its bounty - dramatically altered how writers used language to describe the phenomena they encountered on the frontier. Examining the work of Harriot, Grainger, Cooper, Thoreau and others, Ziser reveals how these authors, whether consciously or not, transcribed the vibrant ecology of North America, and the ways that the environment helped codify a uniquely American literary aesthetic of lasting importance.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Environmental Tradition in English Literature

The Environmental Tradition in English Literature

Literary. Studies. Naomi. Guttman. A relative newcomer to the North American academy, ecocriticism is an area of interdisciplinary study ... ushering in environmental literature courses in dozens of departments across the continent.

Author: John Parham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351890656

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Drawing upon the English literary tradition for new perspectives and paradigms, this collection presents a broad range of theoretical and historical approaches to ecocriticism. The first section of the volume offers different theoretical frameworks for ecocritical work, encompassing a range of socio-political, post-modern and multi-disciplinary approaches. In the second section, contributors explore the ways in which ecocriticism allows us to re-think literary history.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Disability and the Environment in American Literature

Disability and the Environment in American Literature

But this is not unique to young adult environmental literature, for it seems that when environmental scholars discuss the matter sustainability in the sciences as well as the humanities, they have to do so without mentioning the word ...

Author: Matthew J. C. Cella

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498513982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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The essays in Disability and the Environment in American Literature contribute new insights into the fields of literary disability studies and ecocriticism by placing the two fields in dialogue. The book offers readings of American literary narratives of place that expose the deep relationship between embodiment and emplacement and that explore the ways in which a scrutiny of this relationship might open up our understanding of disability.
Categories: Literary Criticism

American Indian Literature Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism

American Indian Literature  Environmental Justice  and Ecocriticism

Focusing on Silko's four powerful women characters - Yoeme , Lecha , Zeta , and Angelita - I examine why characters in the literature of environmental justice must be persons of action who are not only capable of representing themselves ...

Author: Joni Adamson

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816517924

Category: Social Science

Page: 213

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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.
Categories: Social Science

Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature

Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature

Lawrence Buell is one of the first scholars to explain the project of environmental criticism and the characteristics of environmental literature, in his seminal 1995 work, THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMAGINA- TION, which helped to establish the ...

Author: Geoff Hamilton

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476600536

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 356

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This encyclopedia introduces readers to American poetry, fiction and nonfiction with a focus on the environment (broadly defined as humanity’s natural surroundings), from the discovery of America through the present. The work includes biographical and literary entries on material from early explorers and colonists such as Columbus, Bartolomé de Las Casas and Thomas Harriot; Native American creation myths; canonical 18th- and 19th-century works of Jefferson, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Hawthorne, Twain, Dickinson and others; to more recent figures such as Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, Stanley Cavell, Rachel Carson, Jon Krakauer and Al Gore. It is meant to provide a synoptic appreciation of how the very concept of the environment has changed over the past five centuries, offering both a general introduction to the topic and a valuable resource for high school and university courses focused on environmental issues.
Categories: Literary Criticism