1st Edition

From Apocalypse to Way of Life Environmental Crisis in the American Century

By Frederick Buell Copyright 2003
    400 Pages
    by Routledge

    408 Pages
    by Routledge

    From Apocalypse to Way of Life is a comprehensive and in depth survey of environmental crisis as it has been understood for the last four decades. Buell recounts the growing number of ecological and social problems critical for the environment, and the impact that the growing experience with, and understanding of, them has had on American politics, society and culture.

    Preface: The Decade of Crisis Section I: Contesting Crisis 1. The Politics of Denial 2. Taking Crisis Seriously? Section II: Elaborating Crisis An Introductory Caution 3. Natures in Crisis, Part 1: An Inventory of the External World 4. Natures in Crisis, Part 2: Deepening Intimacies 5. Environmental Crisis as Social Crisis 6. Crisis History: From Prophecy to Risk, From Apocalypse to Dwelling Place Section III: Imagining Crisis 7. The Culture of hyperexuberence 8. Environmental Crisis in Popular Fiction and Film 9. Taking Crisis Seriously: Environmental Crisis and Contemporary Literature Appendix 1


    Frederick Buell teaches English and cultural studies at Queens College/CUNY. He is the author of National Culture and the New Global System and W.H. Auden as a Social Poet. He has also published a collection of poetry, Full Summer.

    'Outstanding... an important book.' - Andy McLaughlin, author of Regarding Nature

    'This is one of the best books I have read on environmental politics in a long, long time.' - John Barry, author of The Environment and Social Theory

    'This is a fascinating book: a must-read for anyone anywhere who needs a good explanation of the environmental crisis we have learned to inhabit.' - Local Environment