Postcolonial Ecologies Literatures of the Environment

ISBN-10: 0195394437

ISBN-13: 9780195394436

Edition: 2011

Authors: Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey, George B. Handley

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This is the first edited collection to bring ecocritical studies into a necessary dialogue with postcolonial studies. By examining African, Caribbean, Pacific Island and South Asian literatures and how they depict the relationship between humans and nature, this book makes a compelling argument for a more global approach to thinking through our current environmental crisis. Turning to the contemporary production of postcolonial novelists and poets, this collection poses the literary imagination as a crucial to imagining what Eduoard Glissant calls the "aesthetics of the earth." The collection is organized around thematic concerns such as the relationship between culture and cultivation, arboriculture and deforestation, the lives of animals, and the relationship between the military and the tourist industry. The scholars collected here are at the forefront of the emergent field of postcolonial ecocriticism and this book will make a remarkable contribution to rethinking the environment and its representation in the humanities.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Handley is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University.

Introduction: Toward an Aesthetics of the Earth
Cultivating Place
Cultivating Community: Counterlandscaping in Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss
Haiti's Elusive Paradise
Toward a Caribbean Ecopoetics: Derek Walcott's Language of Plants
Forest Fictions
Deforestation and the Yearning for Lost Landscapes in Caribbean Literatures
The Postcolonial Ecology of the New World Baroque: Alejo Carpentier's The Lost Steps
Forest Fictions and Ecological Crises: Reading the Politics of Survival in Mahasweta Devi's �Dhowli�
The Lives of (Nonhuman) Animals
Stranger in the Eco-Village: Environmental Time, Race, and Ecologies of Looking
What the Whales Would Tell Us: Cetacean Communication in Novels by Witi Ihimaera, Linda Hogan, Zakes Mda, and Amitav Ghosh
Compassion, Commodification, and The Lives of Animals: J. M. Coetzee's Recent Fiction
�Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us�: Toxic Postcoloniality in Animal's People
Heliotropes: Solar Ecologies and Pacific Radiations
Activating Voice, Body, and Place: Kanaka Maoli and Ma'ohi Writings for Kaho'olawe and Moruroa
�Out of This Great Tragedy Will Come a World Class Tourism Destination�: Disaster, Ecology, and Post-Tsunami Tourism Development in Sri Lanka
In Place: Tourism, Cosmopolitan Bioregionalism, and Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness
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