2nd Edition

By Greg Garrard

Series Editor: John Drakakis

© 2012 – Routledge

230 pages

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Paperback: 9780415667869
pub: 2011-07-15
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pub: 2011-07-15
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About the Book

Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from Wordsworth and Thoreau through to Google Earth, J.M. Coetzee and Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man.

Greg Garrard’s animated and accessible volume traces the development of the movement and explores its key concepts, including:

  • pollution
  • wilderness
  • apocalypse
  • dwelling
  • animals
  • earth.

Featuring a newly rewritten chapter on animal studies, and considering queer and postcolonial ecocriticism and the impact of globalisation, this fully updated second edition also presents a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading in print and online.

Concise, clear, and authoritative, Ecocriticism offers the ideal introduction to this crucial subject for students of literary and cultural studies.


"Advanced undergraduates and graduate students would do well to study it… [A] minor miracle of synthesis and exposition." - ISLE

Table of Contents

1. Beginnings: Pollution 2. Positions 3. Pastoral 4. Wilderness 5. Apocalypse 6. Dwelling 7. Animals 8. Futures: The Earth

About the Author/Editor

Greg Garrard is a senior lecturer in English Literature at Bath Spa University, UK.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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