Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from. This text is one of the first introductory guides to the field of literary ecological criticism. It is the ideal handbook for all students new to the disciplines of literature. Ecocriticism has ratings and 31 reviews. Ariya said: I had been dodging around this book for several months, and able to finish it by the end of the.
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Indeed, many second-wave critics wear Tevas for hiking just like their predecessors.
Two strands of German ecocritical theory are discussed in more detail: Greg Garrard’s animated and accessible volume traces the development of the movement and explores its key concepts, including: It is unfortunate that academic reviewers often attack writers and editors for what they leave out rather than addressing what they have chosen to include what I have called the Argument from Absence [ Garrard a—]despite the obvious fact that absence is inherently infinite.
Jul 12, Liz rated it really liked it. The chapter on animals is especially interesting. Featuring a newly rewritten chapter on animal studies, and considering queer and postcolonial ecocriticism and the impact of globalisation, this fully updated second edition also presents a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading in print and online. The metaphysical argument for biocentrism is meant to sustain moral claims about the intrinsic value of the natural world, which will in turn affect our attitudes and behaviour towards nature.
I haven’t read the book straight through from beginning to end, but among the chapters I have read, the most interesting so far were “Wildness,” “Apocalypse,” and “Dwelling. Where the concept of globalization preferred by ecocritics such as Ursula Heise allows for the emergence of new configurations of economic and political power, postcolonialism insists on the continuing importance of colonial and neocolonial circuits.
Ecocriticism by Greg Garrard
The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. It is necessary to historicize ecology, as well as learning from it. I would only recommend reading this book if you have the time to dedicate to independently exploring the tropes in concert with the reading, or if you have a very solid grounding in ecological literature. Luckily, he knows how lethal explication is to humor, as do I.
It is when ecocritics develop scientifically informed reading practices, not just ecologically motivated ones, that they depart most decisively from their predecessors in the era of High Theory. May 18, Chris Hall rated it it was amazing. Dissensus is energizing intellectually but may well be fatal politically. Summary of ecocritical thought; divided in to the following categories: My library Help Advanced Book Search.
Ecocriticism by Greg Garrard. Gwrrard helps you keep track of books you want to read. If you need to learn what ecocriticism is, this book is it. He points out that, while ontologically posthumanism criticizes assumptions of human uniqueness, ethically we need to amplify our sense of human responsibility, not attenuate it.
No trivia or quizzes yet. In this as in other fields of research, many Anglo-American ecocritics the present author included are hampered by functional monolingualism. The next three chapters Pastoral, Wilderness, and Apocalypse trace these key ecocriricism throughout the history of ecocriticism. Rangarajan also points out the extraordinary richness of Anglophone Indian literature for ecocriticism, with authors like Arundhati Roy, Indra Sinha, Mahasweta Devi, and Amitav Ghosh to draw upon.
Coetzee and Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man. Concise, clear, and authoritative, Ecocriticism offers the ideal introduction to this crucial subject for students of literary and cultural studies. Return to Book Page. At one remove from such conflicts between activists, my essay concentrates on feral dogs in order to bring into focus the conceptual differences between ecocriticism and critical animal studies. Hopefully there are better guides to ecocriticism out there. The book proceeds to frame the analysis into 6 ecocritical tropes: Environmental Crisis and Literary Imagination.
Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from Wordsworth and Thoreau through to Google Earth, J. Nov 25, Ally rated it really liked it.
Ecocritical analysis has tended to fixate on the relatively straightforward examples: The more important and interesting question, now and in the future, is where are they? Apr 30, Steen Ledet rated it really liked it. Such globalization exocriticism sometimes taken ironic forms, as when the American ecocritical ideal of dwelling in bioregions was conveyed by cosmopolitan means to East Asia. Ecocriticism Greg Garrard Limited preview – Feminism, postcolonialism, and critical race studies though not Marxism, curiously have transformed the curriculum in Anglophone universities.
Featuring an invaluable glossary of terms and suggestions ecocritiism further reading, this is the first student-friendly introduction to one of the newest and most exciting trends in literary and cultural studies.
This book provides a good overview of ecocriticism and all its relative fields. It did end a bit abruptly though and without much of a conclusion As natural resources become scarce, entrepreneurs find substitutes or create efficiencies that ameliorate the issue. Our last survey by Axel Goodbody addresses the history and politics of environmentalism in Germany as a factor informing relative lack of interest in ecocriticism there.
Bad Marriage, Quick Divorce. Ariel rated it really liked it Jul 13, While it was useful for the explanation of certain terms — “Wilderness” “Place” and “Dwelling” in particular — the students generally felt that too much time was spent on case studies that were wandering, verbose, and tangential.