1st Edition

Ecocriticism The Essential Reader

Edited By Ken Hiltner Copyright 2014
    398 Pages
    by Routledge

    398 Pages
    by Routledge

    Ecocriticism: The Essential Reader charts the growth of this important field. The first-wave ecocriticism section focuses on key readings from the 1960s to the 1990s. The second-wave ecocriticism section goes on to consider a range of exciting contemporary trends, including environmental justice, aesthetics and philosophy, and globalization.

    Readings include the work of:

    • Raymond Williams
    • Jonathan Bate
    • Timothy Morton
    • Ursula Heise
    • Lawrence Buell
    • Kate Soper
    • Cary Wolfe
    • and Kate Rigby.

    Containing seminal, representative, and contemporary work in the field, this volume and the editorial commentary is designed for use on both undergraduate and postgraduate ecocritical literature courses.

    Part 1: First-Wave Ecocriticism  1. Shakespeare’s American Fable, Leo Marx  2. Nature As Female, Carolyn Merchant  3. Country and City, Raymond Williams  4. The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis, Lynn White Jr.  5. The Deep Ecological Movement: Some Philosophical Aspects, Arne Naess  6. Introduction: Ecology and Man—A Viewpoint, Paul Shepard  7. The Etiquette of Freedom, Gary Snyder  8. The Economy of Nature, Jonathan Bate  9. Representing the Environment, Lawrence Buell  10. The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature, William Cronon  11. Introduction: Literary Studies in an Age of Environmental Crisis, Cheryll Glotfelty  Part 2: Second-Wave Ecocriticism  12. The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics & Pedagogy, Joni Adamson, Mei Mei E.vans, and Rachel Stein  13. Introduction: Emerging Models of Materiality in Feminist Theory, Stacy Alaimo  14. Race, Class, and the Politics of Place, Robert D. Bullard  15. Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire, Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands  16. The Hitchhiker's Guide to Ecocriticism, Ursula K. Heise  17. Introduction, Graham Huggan  18. Environmentalism and Postcolonialism, Rob Nixon  19. Natural Universal and the Global Scale, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing  20. Conclusion: What Is to Be Done? Political Ecology!, Bruno Latour  21. Imagining Ecology Without Nature, Timothy Morton  22. The Truth of Ecology: Nature, Culture and Literature in America, Dana Phillips  23. What is Nature? Culture, Politics and the non-Human, Kate Soper  24. Ecopolitics/ Ecocriticism, Gabriel Egan  25. Reading The Otherworld Environmentally, Alfred Siewers  26. Introduction: Troping the Tropics and Aestheticizing Labor, Beth Tobin  27. Ecology, Epistemology, and Empiricism, Robert N. Watson  28. The Climate of History: Four Theses, Dipesh Chakrabarty  29. The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, Ursula LeGuin  30. Writing After Nature, Kate Rigby


    Ken Hiltner is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was the inaugural Director of the Literature and the Environment Initiative from 2007-11.