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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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Water Stories in the Anthropocene Anglophone Climate-Change Fiction

Water Stories in the Anthropocene: Anglophone Climate-Change Fiction

1st Edition


By Angelo Monaco
November 01, 2024

Water Stories in the Anthropocene explores how climate change has emerged as a major theme in our daily lives as it poses a myriad of economic, scientific, political and cultural challenges in the age of the Anthropocene. In all its forms and manifestations, climate change is primarily a water ...

Storying the Ecocatastrophe Contemporary Narratives about the Environmental Collapse

Storying the Ecocatastrophe: Contemporary Narratives about the Environmental Collapse

1st Edition


Edited By Helena Duffy, Katarina Leppänen
May 31, 2024

How do writers and artists represent the climate catastrophe so that their works stir audiences to political action or at least raise their environmental awareness without, however, appearing didactic? Storying the Ecocatastrophe attempts to answer this question while interrogating the potential of...

D. H. Lawrence, Ecofeminism and Nature

D. H. Lawrence, Ecofeminism and Nature

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By Terry Gifford
May 27, 2024

Shortlisted for the ASLE-UKI Prize for Best Academic Monograph This is the first ecocritical book on the works of D. H. Lawrence and also the first to consider the links between nature and gender in the poetry and the novels. In his search for a balanced relationship between male and female ...

Anthropocene Ecologies of Food Notes from the Global South

Anthropocene Ecologies of Food: Notes from the Global South

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Edited By Simon C. Estok, S. Susan Deborah, Rayson K. Alex
January 29, 2024

Anthropocene Ecologies of Food provides a detailed exploration of cross-cultural aspects of food production, culinary practices, and their ecological underpinning in culture. The authors draw connections between humans and the entire process of global food production, focusing on the broad ...

Literature Beyond the Human Post-Anthropocentric Brazil

Literature Beyond the Human: Post-Anthropocentric Brazil

1st Edition

Edited By Luca Bacchini, Victoria Saramago
January 29, 2024

How can Clarice Lispector’s writings help us make sense of the Anthropocene? How does race intersect with the treatment of animals in the works of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis? What can Indigenous philosopher and leader Ailton Krenak teach us about the relationship between environmental ...

The Experience of Disaster in Early Modern English Literature

The Experience of Disaster in Early Modern English Literature

1st Edition

Edited By Sophie Chiari
January 29, 2024

This book addresses the concept of ‘disaster’ through a variety of literary texts dating back to the early modern period. While Shakespeare’s age, which was an era of colonisation, certainly marked a turning point in men and women’s relations with nature, the present times seem to announce the ...

Reading Madeleine L’Engle Ecopsychology in Children’s and Adolescent Literature

Reading Madeleine L’Engle: Ecopsychology in Children’s and Adolescent Literature

1st Edition

By Heidi A. Lawrence
October 20, 2023

Using a critical lens derived from ecopsychology and its praxis, ecotherapy, this book explores the relationships Madeleine L’Engle develops for her characters in a selection of the novels from her three Time, Austin family, and O’Keefe family series as those relationships develop along a ...

Desertscapes in the Global South and Beyond Anthropocene Naturecultures

Desertscapes in the Global South and Beyond: Anthropocene Naturecultures

1st Edition

Edited By Sushila Shekhawat, Rayson K. Alex, Swarnalatha Rangarajan
September 29, 2023

Embracing a rich diversity of voices, this volume seeks to explore the different facets of Anthropocene naturecultures in the desert biomes of the Global South and beyond. Essays in this collection will articulate issues of desertification, indigeneity and re-inhabitation in narratives that thread ...

The Imagined Arctic in Speculative Fiction

The Imagined Arctic in Speculative Fiction

1st Edition

By Maria Lindgren Leavenworth
July 31, 2023

The Imagined Arctic in Speculative Fiction explores the ways in which the Arctic is imagined and what function it is made to serve in a selection of speculative fictions: non-mimetic works that start from the implied question "What if?" Spanning slightly more than two centuries of speculative ...

Decolonial Animal Ethics in Linda Hogan’s Poetry and Prose Towards Interspecies Thriving

Decolonial Animal Ethics in Linda Hogan’s Poetry and Prose: Towards Interspecies Thriving

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By Małgorzata Poks
July 28, 2023

Decolonial Animal Ethics in Linda Hogan’s Poetry and Prose is a plea for an urgent redefinition of human-animal relations on the basis of a nonanthropocentric animal ethic embraced by premodern Indigenous communities but depreciated by coloniality. Without decolonial revisions of animal ...

Reading Contemporary Environmental Justice Narratives from Kerala

Reading Contemporary Environmental Justice: Narratives from Kerala

1st Edition

By R. Sreejith Varma
July 14, 2023

This volume investigates 11 contemporary environmental justice narratives from Kerala, the south-western state in India. Introducing a detailed review of environmental literature in Malayalam, the selected eco-narratives are presented through two key literary genres: life narratives and novels, ...

(Eco)Anxiety in Nuclear Holocaust Fiction and Climate Fiction Doomsday Clock Narratives

(Eco)Anxiety in Nuclear Holocaust Fiction and Climate Fiction: Doomsday Clock Narratives

1st Edition

By Dominika Oramus
July 07, 2023

(Eco)Anxiety in Nuclear Holocaust Fiction and Climate Fiction: Doomsday Clock Narratives demonstrates that disaster fiction— nuclear holocaust and climate change alike— allows us to unearth and anatomise contemporary psychodynamics and enables us to identify pretraumatic stress as the common ...

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