New Book: Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches


Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches

Edited by Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Jill Didur, and Anthony Carrigan

Foreword by Dipesh Chakrabarty

Routledge, April 2015

This book examines current trends in scholarly thinking about the new field of the Environmental Humanities, focusing in particular on how the history of globalization and imperialism represents a special challenge to approaches to environmental issues. Essays in this path-breaking collection examine the role narrative can play in drawing attention to and shaping our ideas about long-term environmental problems such as climate change, militarism, deforestation, toxicity, and agricultural resource management. The volume explores implications for defining a postcolonial approach to the environmental humanities, especially in conjunction with current thinking in areas such as political ecology and environmental justice. Spanning regions such as Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific Islands, essays by founding figures in the field as well as new scholars expand the geographical and historical contours of ecocriticism by examining how writers have imagined the environment, providing vital new perspectives on how ecological change can be traced to globalization and a history of colonialism. It moves beyond literary studies to a more interdisciplinary discussion of the importance of narrative to our understanding of environmental concerns. At the heart of this is a conviction that a thoroughly global, postcolonial, and comparative approach is essential to defining the emergent field of the environmental humanities, and that this field has much to offer in understanding critical issues surrounding the creation of alternative ecological futures. For 20% discount enter code RRK83 at checkout

Foreword by Dipesh Chakrabarty
Introduction: A Postcolonial Environmental Humanities Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Jill Didur, and Anthony Carrigan

Part I: The Politics of Earth: Forests, Gardens, Plantations
1. Narrativizing Nature: India, Empire,and Environment David Arnold
2. “The Perverse Little People of the Hills:” Unearthing Ecology and Transculturation in Reginald Farrer’s Alpine Plant-Hunting Jill Didur
3. Bagasse: Caribbean Art and the Debris of the Sugar Plantation Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
4. Writing a Native Garden?: Environmental Language and Post-Mabo Literature in Australia Susan K. Martin

Part II: Disaster, Vulnerability, and Resilience
5. Towards a Postcolonial Disaster Studies Anthony Carrigan
6. Nuclear Disaster: The Marshall Islands Experience and Lessons for a Post-Fukushima World Barbara Rose Johnston
7. Island Vulnerability and Resilience: Combining Knowledges for Disaster Risk Reduction Including Climate Change Adaptation
Ilan Kelman, J.C. Gaillard, Jessica Mercer, James Lewis, and Anthony Carrigan

Part III: Political Ecologies and Environmental Justice
8. The Edgework of the Clerk: Resilience in Arundhati Roy’s Walking With the Comrades Susie O’Brien
9. Filming the Emergence of Popular Environmentalism in Latin America: Postcolonialism and Buen Vivir Jorge Marcone
10. Witnessing the Nature of Violence: Resource Extraction and Political Ecologies in the Contemporary African Novel Byron Caminero-Santangelo

Part IV: Mapping World Ecologies
11. Narrating a Global Future: Our Common Future and the Public Hearings of the World Commission on Environment and Development Cheryl Lousley
12. Oil on Sugar: Commodity Frontiers and Peripheral Aesthetics Michael Niblett
13. Ghost Mountains and Stone Maidens: Ecological Imperialism, Compound Catastrophe, and the Post-Soviet Ecogothic Sharae Deckard

Part V: Terraforming, Climate Change, and the Anthropocene
14. Terraforming Planet Earth Joseph Masco
15. Climate Change, Cosmology, and Poetry: The Case of Derek Walcott’s Omeros George B. Handley
16. Ordinary Futures: Interspecies Worldings in the Anthropocene Elizabeth DeLoughrey 

“This may well be the decade that environmental humanities move to the front and centre of critical theory. This expertly assembled volume by a trio of vibrant scholars shows why. Bringing together diverse issues of disaster management, commodity frontiers and economies of scale with those of literary genres, styles, and forms the contributors show once again that our world and our texts remain indispensible to one another.” – Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Warwick University, UK

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