1st Edition

Environmental Reflections on the Anthropocene Nature Transformed

Edited By Gabriel R. Ricci Copyright 2025
    280 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Incorporating the intellectual history of disciplines from across the humanities, including environmental anthropology, philosophy, ethics, literature, history, science and technology studies, this volume provides a select orientation to the experience of nature from the ancient world to the Anthropocene.

    Taking its momentum from the emerging environmental humanities, this collection integrates Western, Indigenous, postcolonial, feminist and eco-spiritual perspectives that address pressing environmental concerns and reimagine the place of humans within the natural world. Across thirteen chapters, the contributors discuss the blending of environmental concerns with political and moral questions and encourage collaborative methods across disciplines to address dialectical tensions between culture and nature. They draw on a wide range of critical perspectives, provide a historical framework and speak to global environmental pressures from multiple standpoints. The global approach adopted throughout highlights the various realities of the growing ecological crisis experienced across the world.

    Written to appeal to a broad range of readers across the environmental humanities, this edited book will be particularly useful to academics, scholars and researchers in philosophy, anthropology, literature, history and critical theory.


    Gabriel R. Ricci

    Chapter 1. Nature in the Anthropocene

    Manuel Arias-Maldonado

    Chapter 2. On The Severance of Production from Reproduction: Simone de Beauvoir and Ecofeminist Critical Theory

    J.M. Bernstein

    Chapter 3. Nature, Art and Gender in Renaissance Italy: A Counter Narrative

    Mary D. Garrard

    Chapter 4. Universal Application: The Natural World as Metaphor and Phenomenon in Melville, Thoreau, and Dickinson

    Brian Yothers

    Chapter 5. The Raging Torrent: Myth, Metaphor and Technology

    Patricia Likos Ricci

    Chapter 6. The Ecology of the Color Purple in Greco-Roman Antiquity

    Christopher Schliephake

    Chapter 7. The Byzantine Experience of the Natural World

    Kirsty Stewart

    Chapter 8. An Eco-Spirituality of Wonder: An Aesthetic-Ethical Response to Myriad Nature

    Carol Wayne White

    Chapter 9. The Sovereign Body of Country

    Jennifer Evans

    Chapter 10. When Coyote Stole Rabbit’s Heart: O’odham Himdag, Environmental Sovereignty, and the End of the American Empire

    David Martinez

    Chapter 11. Re-Centering the Ancient-Enduring Indigenous Lens

    Phoebe Godfrey and Jacqline Wolf Tice

    Chapter 12. Permaculture as a System for Designing Sustainable Human Settlements: Ahead of its Time or Impossible Dream?

    Caroline Smith and Nick Towle

    Chapter 13. A Paradox of the Anthropocene: The Radicalization of Techno-Scientific Modernity and the Future of Solar Geoengineering

    Jean-Daniel Collomb


    Gabriel R. Ricci is Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College, USA, and teaches environmental ethics, political philosophy and ancient philosophy. He has published on phenomenology and time consciousness, and politics, technology and ethics.  Recent publications with Routledge include Natural Communions (2019) and The Persistence of Critical Theory (2017).