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Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication

1st Edition

Edited by Scott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan, Vidya Sarveswaran


412 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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 [email protected]: 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 communication." — Ursula K. Heise, UCLA, USA author of Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species

Table of Contents

Preface M. Jimmie Killingsworth and Jacqueline Palmer

Introduction Scott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Vidya Sarveswaran

Part I: New Frameworks

1. Ecocriticism and Discourse Andrew McMurry

2. The Climate of Change: Graphic Adaptation, ‘The Rime of the Modern Mariner’, and the Ecological Uncanny Pramod Nayar

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 C.A. Cranston

4. Communicating Resistance in/through an Aquatic Ecology in KR Meera’s ‘The Gospel of Yudas’ Gayathri Prabhu

5. Transformative Entanglements: Birds and Humans in Three Nonfictional Texts Wendy Woodward

6. Discovering the Weatherworld: Combining Ecolinguistics, Ecocriticism, and Lived Experience Arran Stibbe

7. Narrative Communication in Environmental Fiction: Cognitive and Rhetorical Approaches Markku Lehtimäki

8. Postcolonial Development, Socio-ecological Degradation, and Slow Violence in Pakistani Fiction Saba Pirzadeh

9. How the Material World Communicates: Insights from Material Ecocriticism Serpil Oppermann

10. Scale in Ecological Science Writing Derek J. Woods

11. The Literal and Literary Conflicts of Climate Change: The Climate Migrant and the Unending War Against Emergence Shane Hall

12. Reconceptualizing the Individual as a Social Actor in Environmental Communication Julia B. Corbett

Part II: Pragmatic Communication

13. Directionality in Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow: Ecocritical Art History and Visual Communication Alan C. Braddock

14. Challenges to Developing a Long-Term Environmental Perspective: PAN and DIM Patrick D. Murphy

15. The ‘Chernobyl Syndrome’ in U.S. Nuclear Fiction: Toward Risk Communication Parameters of ‘Nuclear Phobia’ Inna Sukhenko

16. Art as Eco-Protest and Communication in Tanure Ojaide’s Selected Poetry Joyce Agofure

17. Nature Writing in the Anthropocene Christian Hummelsund Voie

18. Experimental Ecocriticism, Or How to Know if Literature Really Works Wojciech Malecki

19. Grey Literature, Green Governance James Goebel

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’ T. Ravichandran and Nibedita Bandyopadhyay

21. Cows, Corn, and Communication. How the Discourse around GMOs Impacted Legislation in the EU and the USA Annka Liepold

22. Science, Wonder, and Environmental Activism: Rachel Carson Saskia Beudel

Part III: Non-Western Environmental Communication

23. Designing the Communication of Traditional Ecological Knowledge: A Noto Case Study Yuki Masami

24. Cosmopolitan Communication and Ecological Consciousness in Latin America: Miguel Gutiérrez’s ‘Babel, el paraíso’ Roberto Forns-Broggi

25. Communicating with the Cosmos: Contemporary Brazilian Women Poets and the Embodiment of Spiritual Values Izabel Brandão and Edilane Ferreira da Silva

26. Women’s Street Artivism in India and Brazil: Shilo Shiv Suleman’s Pan-Indigenous Environmental Movement Aarti S. Madan

27. Novelist as Eco-Shaman: Buket Uzuner’s ‘Water’[Su] as Requesting Spirits to Help the Earth in Crisis Pinar Batur and Ufuk Özdag

28. Environmentalism in the Realm of Malaysian Novels in English Zainor Izat Zainal

29. Ecomedia Nurtures Japanese Ecological Identity Keitaro Morita

30. Indigenous Interiority as Nature-culture-sacred Continuum: An Ecological Analysis of ‘Have You Seen the Arana?’ Rayson K. Alex

31. Risk, Resistance, and Memory in Two Narratives by Asian Women Chitra Sankaran

32. Environmental NGOs and Environmental Communication in China Chen Hong

Afterword Homero Aridjis and Betty Ferber

About the Editors

Scott Slovic is Professor of Literature and Environment, Professor of Natural Resources and Society, and Faculty Fellow in the Office of Research and Economic Development at the University of Idaho, USA.

Swarnalatha Rangarajan is Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Vidya Sarveswaran is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science