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


About the Series

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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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 ...

Christina Rossetti’s Environmental Consciousness

Christina Rossetti’s Environmental Consciousness

1st Edition

By Todd O. Williams
May 08, 2019

Christina Rossetti’s Environmental Consciousness takes a cognitive ecocritical approach to Rossetti’s writing as it developed throughout her career. This study provides a unique understanding of Rossetti’s identity as an artist through a cognitive model while also engaging significantly with her ...

Ecocriticism and the Poiesis of Form Holding on to Proteus

Ecocriticism and the Poiesis of Form: Holding on to Proteus

1st Edition

By Aaron M. Moe
February 11, 2019

Ecocriticism and the Poiesis of Form: Holding on to Proteus demonstrates how a fractal imagination helps one hold the form of a poem within the reaches of Deep Time, and it explores the kinship between the hazy, liminal moment when Sound becomes Syllable and the hazy, liminal moment when the sage ...

Climate and Crises Magical Realism as Environmental Discourse

Climate and Crises: Magical Realism as Environmental Discourse

1st Edition

By Ben Holgate
February 12, 2019

Climate and Crises: Magical Realism as Environmental Discourse makes a dual intervention in both world literature and ecocriticism by examining magical realism as an international style of writing that has long-standing links with environmental literature. The book argues that, in the era of ...

Human Minds and Animal Stories How Narratives Make Us Care About Other Species

Human Minds and Animal Stories: How Narratives Make Us Care About Other Species

1st Edition

By Wojciech Małecki, Piotr Sorokowski, Bogusław Pawłowski, Marcin Cieński
February 05, 2019

The power of stories to raise our concern for animals has been postulated throughout history by countless scholars, activists, and writers, including such greats as Thomas Hardy and Leo Tolstoy. This is the first book to investigate that power and explain the psychological and cultural mechanisms ...

Captivity Literature and the Environment Nineteenth-Century American Cross-Cultural Collaborations

Captivity Literature and the Environment: Nineteenth-Century American Cross-Cultural Collaborations

1st Edition

By Kyhl D. Lyndgaard
January 17, 2019

In his study of captivity narratives, Kyhl Lyndgaard argues that these accounts have influenced land-use policy and environmental attitudes at the same time that they reveal the complex relationship between ethnicity, landscape, and authorship. In connecting these themes, Lyndgaard offers readers ...

Roads, Mobility, and Violence in Indigenous Literature and Art from North America

Roads, Mobility, and Violence in Indigenous Literature and Art from North America

1st Edition

By Deena Rymhs
January 02, 2019

Roads, Mobility, and Violence in Indigenous Literature and Art from North America explores mobility, spatialized violence, and geographies of activism in a diverse archive of literary and visual art by Indigenous authors and artists. Building on Raymond Williams’s observation that "traffic is not ...

The Radical Ecology of the Shelleys Eros and Environment

The Radical Ecology of the Shelleys: Eros and Environment

1st Edition

By Colin Carman
November 20, 2018

The Radical Ecology of the Shelleys: Eros and Environment is the first full-length study to explore a radically queer ecology at work in writings by Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley as their discussions of nature and the natural consistently link ecology and erotic practice. ...

Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

1st Edition

Edited By Dawn Keetley, Matthew Wynn Sivils
November 22, 2017

First Published in 2017. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company....

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