A Global History of Literature and the Environment
Parham, John (EDT)
Westling, Louise (EDT)
Cambridge Univ Pr 2016/12
434 p. 24 cm
Choice Reviews 2017 June
This book show show writers across the world have explored the human place in the natural world and environmental change since the earliest civilizations. Chapters discuss climate change, human relations with plants and animals, ecosystem destruction, and environmental politics.
This book is for an international audience concerned about environmental crisis. It shows how writers across the world have explored the human place in the natural world and environmental change since the earliest civilizations. Chapters discuss climate change, human relations with plants and animals, ecosystem destruction and environmental politics.
Table of Contents
List of figures; List of contributors; Acknowledgments; Chronology; Introduction Louise Westling and John Parham; Part I. Beginnings: 1. The natural world in ancient Mesopotamian literature Stephanie Dalley; 2. Environments of early Chinese and Japanese literatures Karen Thornber; 3. The Garden of Eden in the Hebrew Bible Deborah Green; 4. Ecopoetics and the literature of ancient India Murali Sivaramakrishnan; 5. Ancient Greek literature and the environment: a case study with Pindar's Olympian 7 Chris Eckerman; 6. 'Who shall be a sustainer?': maize and human mediation in the Maya Popol Vuh Allen Christenson; 7. I invoke God, therefore I am: nature's spirituality and its ecological impact in Islamic texts Sarra Tlili; Part II. The Development of Humanism and the Industrial Age: 8. 'Viking' ecologies: Icelandic sagas, local knowledge, and environmental memory Steven Hartman, Reinhard Hennig and Astrid Ogilvie; 9. Human responses to the environment in Medieval literature Gillian Rudd; 10. Remaking eighteenth-century ecologies: arboreal mobility Elizabeth H. Cook; 11. Romantic ecology, Aboriginal culture, and the ideology of improvement in British Atlantic literature Kevin Hutchings; 12. Natural history in the Anthropocene Laura Dassow Walls; 13. Bleak House, Liquid City, Climate to Climax in Dickens Karen Chase and Michael Levenson; 14. Fantastic metabolisms: a materialist approach to modern eco-speculative fiction Tom Sykes; Part III. The Anthropocene: 15. Climate and culture in Australia and New Zealand C. A. Cranston and Charles Dawson; 16. Modern English fiction Kelly Sultzbach; 17. Ecological thought and literature in Europe and Germany Hubert Zapf; 18. From birds and trees to texts: an ecosemiotic look at Estonian nature writing Timo Maran and Kadri Tuur; 19. Contemporary British poetry and the environment Leo Mellor; 20. Rescuing nature from the nation: ecocritical (un)consciousness in modern Chinese culture Hangping Xu; 21. Eating life at a contaminated table: the narrative significance of toxic meals in contemporary Japan Yuki Masami; 22. Commodity frontiers, Caribbean natures, and the aesthetics of ecological revolution in Trinidadian literature Michael Niblett; 23. Petro-violence and the act of bearing witness in contemporary Nigerian literature Byron Caminero-Santangelo; 24. Black ants and bones: Nehruvian science and third-world environment in the fiction of Satyajit Ray Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee; 25. Brazilian women poets on gender, nature, and the body Izabel F. O. Brandao; 26. Can the environmental imagination save the world? Lawrence Buell; Further readings; Index.