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Myth and Environmentalism
Arts of Resilience for a Damaged Planet

  • Available for pre-order on June 14, 2023. Item will ship after July 5, 2023
ISBN 9781032391342
July 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume traces the interconnections between myth, environmentalism, narrative, poetry, comics and innovative artistic practice, using this as a framework through which to examine strategies for repairing our unhealthy relationship with the planet. Challenging late capitalist modes encouraging mindless consumption and the degradation of human-nature relations, this collection advocates a re-evaluation of the ethical relation to "living with" and sharing the earth.

Myth and the environment have shared a rich common cultural history travelling as far back as the times of storytelling and legend, with the environment often the central theme. Following a robust introduction, the book is organised into three main sections: Myth, Disaster and Present-Day Views on Ecological Damage; Indigenous and Afro-Diasporic Myths and Ecological Knowledge; Art Practices Myth and Environmental Resilience; and concludes with a Coda from Jeanette Hart-Mann. The methodology draws from diverse perspectives, such as ecocriticism, new materialism and Anthropocene studies, offering a truly interdisciplinary discussion that reflects on the dialogue among environment and myth, whilst a broad range of contributions are included from Canada, United States, the Caribbean, Ukraine, Japan, Morocco, and Brazil.

This volume will be of interest for students, scholars, activists and experts in environmental humanities, myth and myth criticism, literature and art on more-than human and nature interaction, ecocriticism, environmental activism, and climate change.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Myth and Environmentalism: Entanglements, Synergies, Openings

Esther Sánchez-Pardo

PART I: Myth, Disaster and Present-day Views on Ecological Damage

1. The Afterlife of Chornobyl: Apocalyptic Mythology and Environmentalism in the Exclusion Zone

Haley Laurila

2. Myths of Wilderness and Motherhood in Postapocalyptic Narratives of the Anthropocene

Hope Jennings and Christine Junker

PART II: Indigenous and Afro-diasporic Myths and Ecological Knowledge

3. Boundless Water, Boundless Ice–Arctic Cosmological Concepts in Times of Melting Horizons

Sonja Ross

4. Revisiting the Wild: Mythology and Ecological Wisdom in shalan joudry’s Waking Ground

Leonor María Martínez Serrano

5. Myth, Afrodiasporic Spirituality, and the Oceanic Archive in Independent Comics

Paul Humphrey

PART III: Artistic Practices, Myth and Environmental Resilience

6. "Giant by thine own Nature": Jean-Baptiste Débret and Antônio Parreiras’s Mythic Brazilian Land(scape)s through a Transatlantic Gaze

Esther Lezra and Esther Sánchez-Pardo

7. New Cosmogonies of Waste Negotiated in the Art of Mohamed Larbi Rahhali

María Porras Sánchez and Lhoussain Simour

8. Death is Life is Death is Life: Continual Regeneration in Myth and the Art of Maki Ohkojima

Keijiro Suga

9. Coda: A Radical Evocation of Seed

Jeanette Hart-Mann


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Esther Sánchez-Pardo is Professor of English at Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.

María Porras Sánchez is an Assistant Professor at Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, and a literary translator.