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Routledge Studies in World Literatures and the Environment: Routledge Studies in World Literatures and the Environment


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Since the dawn of human artistic and cultural expression, the natural world and our complex and often vexed relationships with the other-than-human have been essential themes in such expression. This series seeks to offer an encompassing approach to literary explorations of environmental experiences and ideas, reaching from the earliest known literatures to the twenty-first century and accounting for vernacular approaches throughout the world. In recent decades, it has become clear that highly localized, non-Western forms of literary expression and scholarly analysis have much to contribute to ecocritical understanding—such studies, as well as examinations of European and North American literatures, are encouraged. Comparative treatments of literary works from different cultures, cultural expression in various media (including literature and connections with visual and performing arts, ecocinema, music, videogames, and material culture), and interdisciplinary scholarly methodologies would be ideal contributions to the series. What are the lessons regarding human-animal kinship that can be gleaned from indigenous songs in Africa, Amazonia, Oceania, the Americas, and other regions of the world? Which discourses of toxicity in the urban centers of contemporary East Asia and the post-industrial brownscapes of Europe and America might gain traction as we seek to balance human and ecological health and robust economies? What are some of the Third World expressions of postcolonial ecocriticism, posthumanism, material ecocriticism, gender-based ecocriticism, ecopoetics, and other avant-garde trends? How do basic concepts such as "wilderness" or "animal rights" or "pollution" find expression in diverse environmental voices and become imbricated with questions of caste, class, gender, politics, and ethnicity? The global circulation of culturally diverse texts provides resources for understanding and engaging with the environmental crisis. This series aims to provide a home for projects demonstrating both traditional and experimental approaches in environmental literary studies.

Series Editors:

Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, USA

Swarnalatha Rangarajan, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Previous Editors:

Matthew Wynn Sivils, Iowa State University, USA

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Women and Water in Global Fiction

Women and Water in Global Fiction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Elizabeth Jones, Emma Staniland
June 01, 2021

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Surreal Entanglements Essays on Jeff VanderMeer’s Fiction

Surreal Entanglements: Essays on Jeff VanderMeer’s Fiction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Louise Economides, Laura Shackelford
May 18, 2021

This edited collection approaches the most pressing discourses of the Anthropocene and posthumanist culture through the surreal, yet instructive lens of Jeff VanderMeer’s fiction. In contrast to universalist and essentializing ways of responding to new material realities, VanderMeer’s work invites ...

Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond Feminist Ecocriticism of Science Fiction

Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond: Feminist Ecocriticism of Science Fiction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Douglas A. Vakoch
April 30, 2021

Caught as we are in a grave climate crisis that seems more irreversible with every passing year, our literary portrayals of the future often feature the dystopian collapse of the world as we know it. Science fiction explores how we got here, while pointing toward a more hopeful path forward. From ...

Ecofeminist Science Fiction International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature

Ecofeminist Science Fiction: International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Douglas A. Vakoch
April 30, 2021

Ecofeminist Science Fiction: International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature provides guidance in navigating some of the most pressing dangers we face today. Science fiction helps us face problems that threaten the very existence of humankind by giving us the emotional distance to see...

Mushroom Clouds Ecocritical Approaches to Militarization and the Environment in East Asia

Mushroom Clouds: Ecocritical Approaches to Militarization and the Environment in East Asia

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Simon C. Estok, Iping Liang, Shinji Iwamasa
March 29, 2021

Mushroom Clouds: Ecocritical Approaches to Militarization and the Environment in East Asia examines the growing significance of the eco-implications of the increasing militarism of East Asia. As a transcultural image and metaphor, mushroom clouds signify anthropogenic violence and destruction, as ...

Climate Change, Ecological Catastrophe, and the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel

Climate Change, Ecological Catastrophe, and the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel

1st Edition

By Justyna Poray-Wybranowska
December 22, 2020

Climate Change, Ecological Catastrophe, and the Contemporary Novel responds to the critical need for transdisciplinary research on the relationship between colonialism and catastrophe. It represents the first sustained analysis of the connection between colonial legacy and present-day ecological ...

The Ecophobia Hypothesis

The Ecophobia Hypothesis

1st Edition

By Simon C. Estok
December 18, 2020

The Ecophobia Hypothesis grows out of the sense that while the theory of biophilia has productively addressed ideal human affinities with nature, the capacity of “the biophilia hypothesis” as an explanatory model of human/ environment relations is limited. The biophilia hypothesis cannot adequately...

Packing Death in Australian Literature Ecocides and Eco-Sides

Packing Death in Australian Literature: Ecocides and Eco-Sides

1st Edition

By Iris Ralph
November 17, 2020

Packing Death in Australian Literature: Ecocides and Eco-Sidesaddresses Australian Literature from ecocritical, animal studies, plantstudies, indigenous studies, and posthumanist critical perspectives. Thebook’s main purpose is twofold: to bring more sustained attention to environmental,vegetal, ...

Modernism in the Green Public Greens in Modern Literature and Culture

Modernism in the Green: Public Greens in Modern Literature and Culture

1st Edition

By Julia E. Daniel, Margaret Konkol
May 05, 2020

Modernism in the Green traces a trans-Atlantic modernist fascination with the creation, use, and representation of the modern green. From the verdant public commons in the heart of cities to the lookout points on mountains in national parks, planned green spaces serve as felicitous stages for the ...

Ecofictions, Ecorealities, and Slow Violence in Latin America and the Latinx World

Ecofictions, Ecorealities, and Slow Violence in Latin America and the Latinx World

1st Edition

Edited By Ilka Kressner, Ana María Mutis, Elizabeth M. Pettinaroli
November 27, 2019

Ecofictions, Ecorealities and Slow Violence in Latin America and the Latinx World brings together critical studies of Latin American and Latinx writing, film, visual, and performing arts to offer new perspectives on ecological violence. Building on Rob Nixon’s concept of "slow violence," the ...

The Environment on Stage Scenery or Shapeshifter?

The Environment on Stage: Scenery or Shapeshifter?

1st Edition

By Julie Hudson
August 12, 2019

The Environment on Stage: Scenery or Shapeshifter? investigates a pertinent voice of theatrical performance within the production and reception of ecotheatre. Theatre ecologies, unavoidably enmeshed in the environment, describe the system of sometimes perverse feedback loops running through ...

Ecoprecarity Vulnerable Lives in Literature and Culture

Ecoprecarity: Vulnerable Lives in Literature and Culture

1st Edition

By Pramod K. Nayar
May 20, 2019

Ecoprecarity: Vulnerable Lives in Literature and Culture presents an examination of ecoprecarity - the precarious lives that humans lead in the process and event of ecological disaster, and the increasing precarious state of the environment itself as a result of human interventions - in ...

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