Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment

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Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey, George B. Handley
Oxford University Press, USA, Apr 20, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 348 pages
The first edited collection to bring ecocritical studies into a necessary dialogue with postcolonial literature, this volume offers rich and suggestive ways to explore the relationship between humans and nature around the globe, drawing from texts from Africa and the Caribbean, as well as the Pacific Islands and South Asia. Turning to contemporary works by both well- and little-known postcolonial writers, the diverse contributions highlight the literary imagination as crucial to representing what Eduoard Glissant calls the "aesthetics of the earth." The essays are organized around a group of thematic concerns that engage culture and cultivation, arboriculture and deforestation, the lives of animals, and the relationship between the military and the tourist industry. With chapters that address works by J. M. Coetzee, Kiran Desai, Derek Walcott, Alejo Carpentier, Zakes Mda, and many others, Postcolonial Ecologies makes a remarkable contribution to rethinking the role of the humanities in addressing global environmental issues.
 

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Contents

Toward an Aesthetics of the Earth
3
PART I CULTIVATING PLACE
41
PART II FOREST FICTIONS
97
PART III THE LIVES OF NONHUMAN ANIMALS
157
PART IV MILITOURISM
233
Works Cited
309
Index
337
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Elizabeth DeLoughrey is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UCLA. With George Handley and Renée Gosson, she is the co-editor of Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (U Virginia 2005) and with Cara Cilano, she has edited a special issue of the journal Isle on postcolonial ecocriticism (2007). She has published articles about postcolonial literature in journals such asAriel, Interventions, Modern Fiction Studies, and PMLA. She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures (U Hawai`i 2007) and currently completing a manuscript about globalization, nature, and the tropics.George B. Handley, Professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University, is the author of Postslavery Literatures of the Americas (Virginia 2000) and New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda, and Walcott (Georgia 2007).

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