Ecocriticism and environmental communication studies have for many years co-existed as parallel disciplines, occasionally crossing paths but typically operating in separate academic spheres. These fields are now rapidly converging, and this handbook aims to reinforce the common concerns and methodologies of the sibling disciplines.
The Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication charts the history of the relationship between ecocriticism and environmental communication studies, while also highlighting key new paradigms in information studies, diverse examples of practical applications of environmental communication and textual analysis, and the patterns and challenges of environmental communication in non-Western societies. Contributors to this book include literary, film and religious studies scholars, communication studies specialists, environmental historians, practicing journalists, art critics, linguists, ethnographers, sociologists, literary theorists, and others, but all focus their discussions on key issues in textual representations of human–nature relationships and on the challenges and possibilities of environmental communication. The handbook is designed to map existing trends in both ecocriticism and environmental communication and to predict future directions.
This handbook will be an essential reference for teachers, students, and practitioners of environmental literature, film, journalism, communication, and rhetoric, and well as the broader meta-discipline of environmental humanities.
Foreword Introduction Part I: New Frameworks 1. Ecocriticism and Discourse 2. The Climate of Change: Graphic Adaptation, The Rime of the Modern Mariner, and the Ecological Uncanny 3. Eco Churches, Eco Synagogues, Eco Hollywood: 21st-Century Practical Responses to Lynn White, Jr.’s and Andrew Furman’s 20th-Century Readings of Environments in Crisis 4. Communicating Resistance in/through an Aquatic Ecology in KR Meera’s The Gospel of Yudas 5. Transformative Entanglements: Birds and Humans in Three Non-fictional Texts 6. Discovering the Weatherworld: Combining Ecolinguistics, Ecocriticism, and Lived Experience 7. Narrative Communication in Environmental Fiction: Cognitive and Rhetorical Approaches 8. Postcolonial Development, Socio-ecological Degradation, and Slow Violence in Pakistani Fiction 9. How the Material World Communicates: Insights from Material Ecocriticism 10. Scale in Ecological Science Writing 11. The Literal and Literary Conflicts of Climate Change: The Climate Migrant and the Unending War Against Emergence 12. Reconceptualizing the Individual as a Social Actor in Environmental Communication Part II: Pragmatic Communication 13. Directionality in Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow: Ecocritical Art History and Visual Communication 14. Challenges to Developing a Long-Term Environmental Perspective: PAN and DIM 15. The "Chernobyl Syndrome" in U.S. Nuclear Fiction: Toward Risk Communication Parameters of "Nuclear Phobia" 16. Art as Eco-Protest and Communication in Tanure Ojaide’s Selected Poetry 17. Nature Writing in the Anthropocene 18. Experimental Ecocriticism, Or How to Know if Literature Really Works 19. Grey Literature, Green Governance 20. When Thirst Had Undone So Many: A Postcolonial Ecocritical Analysis of Water Crisis in Ruchir Joshi’s The Last Jet-Engine Laugh and Girish Malik’s Jal 21. Cows, Corn, and Communication. How the Discourse around GMOs Impacted Legislation in the EU and the USA 22. Science, Wonder, and Environmental Activism: Rachel Carson Part III: Non-Western Environmental Communication 23. Designing the Communication of Traditional Ecological Knowledge: A Noto Case Study 24. Cosmopolitan Communication and Ecological Consciousness in Latin America: Miguel Gutiérrez’s Babel, el paraíso 25. Communicating with the Cosmos: Contemporary Brazilian Women Poets and the Embodiment of Spiritual Values 26. Women’s Street Artivism in India and Brazil: Shilo Shiv Suleman’s Pan-Indigenous Environmental Movement 27. Novelist as Eco-Shaman: Buket Uzuner’s Water [Su] as Requesting Spirits to Help the Earth in Crisis 28. Environmentalism in the Realm of Malaysian Novels in English 29. Ecomedia Nurtures Japanese Ecological Identity 30. Indigenous Interiority as Nature-culture-sacred Continuum: An Ecological Analysis of Have You Seen the Arana? 31. Risk, Resistance, and Memory in Two Narratives by Asian Women 32. Environmental NGOs and Environmental Communication in China Afterword
"The Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication is a surprising, insightful, and gratifying collection of essays stemming from multiple disciplines and cultures, yet all converging on the rhetoric used in conveying environmental issues through a diverse array of communication strategies and media. The editors’ conscious effort to decentralize European and Anglophone perspectives to include other voices is both refreshing and necessary." — Carmen Flys Junquera, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain, editor of Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment
"This collection of essays gathers from the fields of ecocriticism and environmental communication to promote paths of understanding that help us mend the broken ways of our interconnectedness. A hearty salute to the editors for bringing together these critiques and hopes for a renewed life on our Earth." — Juan Carlos Galeano, Florida State University, USA, poet, environmentalist, and author of Folktales of the Amazon
"This wonderful collection testifies to the ever-expanding transnational reach of environmental literature and other arts. The editors have compiled a vital volume of ecocritical thought, as their book brings into conversation an exciting array of new texts and new conceptual approaches." — Rob Nixon, Princeton University, author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor
"This new anthology offers a brilliantly varied and international spectrum of perspectives on the overlapping concerns of ecocriticism and environmental communication, two areas of study that should have long been connected, but have rarely been considered together. A must-read for anyone interested in environmental storytelling and image-making, from news coverage to nonfiction, fiction, and film, and a gateway to exciting new paths of research in environmental expression and