Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment

Paperback | April 23, 2011

EditorElizabeth Deloughrey, George H. Handley

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This is the first edited collection to bring ecocritical studies into a necessary dialogue with postcolonial studies. By examining African, Caribbean, Pacific Island and South Asian literatures and how they depict the relationship between humans and nature, this book makes a compellingargument for a more global approach to thinking through our current environmental crisis. Turning to the contemporary production of postcolonial novelists and poets, this collection poses the literary imagination as a crucial to imagining what Eduoard Glissant calls the "aesthetics of the earth." The collection is organized around thematic concerns such as the relationship betweenculture and cultivation, arboriculture and deforestation, the lives of animals, and the relationship between the military and the tourist industry. The scholars collected here are at the forefront of the emergent field of postcolonial ecocriticism and this book will make a remarkable contribution torethinking the environment and its representation in the humanities.

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This is the first edited collection to bring ecocritical studies into a necessary dialogue with postcolonial studies. By examining African, Caribbean, Pacific Island and South Asian literatures and how they depict the relationship between humans and nature, this book makes a compellingargument for a more global approach to thinking thr...

Elizabeth DeLoughrey is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UCLA. With George Handley and Renee Gosson, she is the co-editor of Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (U Virginia 2005) and with Cara Cilano, she has edited a special issue of the journal Isle on postcolonial ecocriticism (20...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 23, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George Handley: Introduction: Towards an Aesthetics of the EarthI. Cultivating Place1. Jill Didur: Cultivating Community:Counterlandscaping in Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss2. LeGrace Benson: Haiti's Elusive Paradise3. Elaine Savory: Towards a Caribbean Ecopoetics: Derek Walcott's Language of PlantsII. Forest Fictions4. Lizabeth Paravisini Gebert: Deforestation and the Yearning for Lost Landscapes in Caribbean Literatures5. George B. Handley: The Postcolonial Ecology of the New World Baroque: Alejo Carpentier's The Lost Steps6. Jennifer Wenzel: Forest Fictions and Ecological Crises: Reading the Politics of Survival in Mahasweta Devi's "Dhowli"III. The Lives of (Nonhuman) Animals7. Rob Nixon: Stranger in the Eco-Village: Environmental Time, Race, and Ecologies of Looking8. Jonathan Steinwand: What the Whales Would Tell Us: Cetacean Communication in Novels by Witi Ihimaera,Linda Hogan, Zakes Mda, and Amitav Ghosh9. Allison Carruth: Compassion, Commodification, and The Lives of Animals: J.M. Coetzee's Recent Fiction10. Pablo Mukherjee: "Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us:" Toxic Postcoloniality in Animal's PeopleIV. Militourism11. Elizabeth DeLoughrey: Heliotropes: Solar Ecologies and Pacific Radiations12. Dina El Dessouky: Activating Voice, Body, and Place: Kanaka Maoli and Ma'ohi Writings for Kaho'olawe and Moruroa13. Anthony Carrigan: "Out of this great tragedy will come a world class tourism destination:" Disaster, Ecology, and Post-Tsunami Tourism Development in Sri Lanka14. Byron Caminero-Santangelo: In Place: Tourism, Cosmopolitan Bioregionalism, and Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness