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3rd Edition


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ISBN 9781032004020
March 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment across many areas of cultural production, including Romantic poetry, wildlife documentaries, climate models, the Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, and novels by Margaret Atwood, Kim Scott, Barbara Kingsolver and Octavia Butler.

Greg Garrard’s animated and accessible volume responds to the diversity of the field today and explores its key concepts, including:

• pollution

• pastoral

• wilderness

• apocalypse

• animals

• Indigeneity

• the Earth

Thoroughly revised to reflect the breadth and diversity of twenty-first-century environmental writing and criticism, this edition addresses climate change and justice throughout, and features a new chapter on Indigeneity. It also presents a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading.

Concise, clear, and authoritative, Ecocriticism offers the ideal introduction to this crucial subject for students of literary and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition

  1. Beginnings: Pollution
  2. Positions
  3. Cornucopia

    Ecological Modernisation


    Political Ecology and Environmental Justice

    Radical Ecology

    New Materialism

  4. Pastoral
  5. Old World Pastoral

    Colonial and Black Pastoral in America

    Contemporary British Environmental Literature

    Pastoral Ecology

  6. Wilderness
  7. Old World Wilderness

    The Sublime

    Wilderness in North America

    The Trouble with Wilderness

    The New Wild?

  8. Apocalypse
  9. Myths of Annihilation and Redemption

    The Secular Apocalypse

    Environmental Apocalypse

    Climate Apocalypse

  10. Animals
  11. Why Animals Matter

    Looking at Animals: A Typology

    Why Look at Wild Animals?

  12. Indigeneity
  13. Acknowledgements

    The ‘Ecological Indian’ and Ecological Indigeneity

    North American Indigenous Literatures

    Decolonisation, Indigenisation and Ecocriticism

  14. The Earth
  15. Images



  16. Conclusion: Ecocriticism in the Future


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Greg Garrard is Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan. He is the author of numerous essays on animal studies and environmental criticism, and co-author of Climate Change Skepticism: A Transnational Ecocritical Analysis (Bloomsbury Academic 2019).