1st Edition

Interrogating Eco-Literature and Sustainable Development Theory, Text, and Practice

Edited By Sharbani Banerjee Mukherjee, Soumitra Roy Copyright 2023
    228 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    228 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book examines the issues of ecological crisis and sustainable development through critical reading of literary texts. By analysing writings of Rabindranath Tagore, Amitav Ghosh, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hannah Arendt, and Lawrence Buell, it discusses themes like oriental representations of ecological consciousness; environmental evocations; misogyny and its postmodern creations; tracing nature’s footprints in English literature; statelessness and consequent environmental refugees; ecocriticism and comics; and, absolute trust in the goodness of the earth.

    The volume argues that within the ambit of debates between ecological threats and socio-economic concerns, culture plays a vital role particularly in relation to parameters such as identity and engagement, memory and projection, gender and generations, inquiry and learning, wellbeing and health.

    This book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of cultural studies, English literature, social anthropology, gender studies, sustainable development, environmental studies, ecological studies, development studies, and post-colonial studies.

    Introduction - Of Anthropocene: Far End of the Eco-critical Trajectory
    Ashok K. Mohapatra

    Part I. Through Various Lenses: Theorizing Ecology
    Chapter 1. Tagore's Red Oleanders: Tracing a Root of Socialist Eco-feminism
    Nilanjana Chatterjee

    Chapter 2. Dialectics of Nature and Culture
    Shruti Das

    Chapter 3. Ecocriticism and Comics
    Pinaki De

    Chapter 4. Dialectics of Environment through the Prism of Fiction: An Overview of Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide
    Sujit Malick

    Chapter 5. From Ecocriticism to Omninaturalism: The Green Consciousness and Intercorporeality
    Sourav Nag

    Chapter 6. Exploring Eco-Criticism and Eco-Feminism A Re-reading of Wide Sargasso Sea
    Mohana Das

    Chapter 7. Studying ‘Cli-fi’: Thinking about the ‘Unthinkable’
    Sonam Jalan

    Part II. Ecology and Literary Representation
    Chapter 8. Gerard Manley Hopkins—A Priest of Ecology
    Goutam Buddha Sural

    Chapter 9. Statelessness, Environmental Refugee and ‘The Law of Humanity’: Reading Hannah Arendt, Lawrence Buell and Amitav Ghosh together
    Sajalkumar Bhattacharya

    Chapter 10. The Rhetoric of Space: Space and Human Behaviour in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” and The Scarlet Letter
    Pradipta Sengupta

    Chapter 11. Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: An Ecocritical/Ecofeminist Reading of Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple
    Anindita Chatterjee

    Chapter 12. Misogyny and Its Postmodern Creation: A Material Eco-feminist Reading of Harold Pinter's Select Female Characters
    Saikat Chakraborty

    Chapter 13. The Unnatural Nature: Edgar Allan Poe and Eco-horror
    Riman Rakshit

    Part III. Development and Sustainability

    Chapter 14. Development and Sustainability: Understanding the Duality of Expectations through a Study of Literature
    Abhishek Bhattacharya and Dr. Sudipa Chowdhury

    Chapter 15. Sustainable Development and Ecological Perspectives: Improvement in Water and Sanitation
    Chandan Bandyopadhyay

    Chapter 16. Analysis of Ambient Air Quality of Asansol Sub-division and It’s Sustainable Solution
    Sarbendu Bikash Dhar

    Chapter 17. Tracing Nature’s Footprints in English Literature: An Ecocritical Perspective
    Arunima Karmakar


    Sharbani Banerjee Mukherjee is Associate Professor of English in the Postgraduate Department of English at Trivenidevi Bhalotia College, Raniganj, West Bengal, India. An alumnus of Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, her PhD thesis was on Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet. Her areas of interest include American literature, post-fifties British literature, Postcolonial Studies, Partition literature, Ecocriticism and Gender Studies. She has co-edited The American Novel from Hawthorne to Heller: Cultural Contexts and Critical Perspectives (2019). She is Associate Editor of Literary Oracle, journal of the Department of English, Berhampur University, Odisha.

    Soumitra Roy is Associate Professor of English at Kazi Nazrul Islam Mahavidyalaya, Asansol, West Bengal, India, and has a teaching experience of over 21 years. He is an alumnus of Burdwan University, West Bengal. His areas of interest include postcolonial studies, film studies, and sports literature. His publications include “Consciousness of a Modern Indian Nation: Analysing Gender Violence from New Delhi to Kamduni”. He is also a reviewer of Literary Oracle.