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Reconciling Nature: Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945

By Robert Myers. SUNY Press, 2019.

Reconciling Nature maps the complex views of the environment that are evident in celebrated American novels written between the Centennial Celebration of 1876 and the end of the Second World War. During this period, which includes the Progressive era and the New Deal, Americans held three contradictory views of the natural world: a recognition of nature’s vulnerability to the changes brought by industrialism; a fear of the power of nature to destroy human civilization; and a desire to make ...

An Ecotopian Lexicon

Edited by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy. University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Foreword by Kim Stanley Robinson

As the scale and gravity of climate change becomes undeniable, a cultural revolution must ultimately match progress in the realms of policy, infrastructure, and technology. Proceeding from the notion that dominant Western cultures lack the terms and concepts to describe or respond to our environmental crisis, An Ecotopian Lexicon is a collaborative volume of short, engaging essays that offer ecologically productive terms—drawn from other languages, science fiction, and subcultures ...

Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick

By Richard J. King. The University of Chicago Press, 2019.

A revelation for Moby-Dick devotees and neophytes alike, Ahab’s Rolling Sea is a chronological journey through the natural history of Melville’s novel. From white whales to whale intelligence, giant squids, barnacles, albatross, and sharks, Richard J. King examines what Melville knew from his own experiences and the sources available to a reader in the mid-1800s, exploring how and why Melville might have twisted what was known to serve his fiction. King then climbs to ...

Climate Futures: Re-imagining Global Climate Justice

Edited by Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya A. Kurian, and Debashish Munshi, featuring contributions by Greta Gaard and many others. Zed Books, 2019.

Approaching the issues of climate change and climate justice from a range of diverse perspectives including those of culture, gender, indigeneity, race, and sexuality, as well as challenging colonial histories and capitalist presents, Climate Futures boldly addresses the apparent inevitability of climate chaos.

Seeking better explanations of the underlying causes and consequences of climate change, and mapping strategies toward a better future, ...

Place and Postcolonial Ecofeminism: Pakistani Women’s Literary and Cinematic Fictions

By Shazia Rahman, University of Nebraska Press, 2019.

While news reports about Pakistan tend to cover Taliban attacks and bombings, and academics focus on security issues, the environment often takes a backseat in media reportage and scholarship. In particular, Pakistani women’s attachment to their environment and their environmental concerns are almost always ignored. In Place and Postcolonial Ecofeminism: Pakistani Women’s Literary and Cinematic Fictions, Shazia Rahman traces the ways in which Pakistani women explore alternative, environmental modes of belonging, examines the vitality of place-based ...

Almanac for the Beyond

Jaimey Hamilton Faris, Editor. Tropic Editions, 2019.

Almanac for the Beyond is an edited volume of experimental eco-criticism. Providing a twist on the almanac tradition, this collection of essays, graphs, poems, art works, miscellaneous references, and more critiques the limits of the petroculture imagination, honors the rhythms of nature, and builds capacity to attend to contemporary environmental and societal change. The edifying, mystifying, editorializing and amaz-ifying contributions offer ways to see the weather (and the climate) “beyond” current and often damaging assumptions about what ...

Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes: Ecotheory and the Environmental Imagination

By Heide Estes.  Amsterdam University Press, 2017.

Literary scholars have traditionally understood landscapes, whether natural or manmade, as metaphors for humanity instead of concrete settings for people’s actions. Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes accepts the natural world as such by investigating how Anglo-Saxons interacted with and conceived of their lived environments. Examining Old English poems, such as Beowulf and Judith, as well as descriptions of natural events from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and other documentary texts, Heide Estes shows that Anglo-Saxon ideologies which view nature as diametrically opposed to ...

The News at the Ends of the Earth: The Print Culture of Polar Exploration

By Hester Blum. Duke University Press, 2019.

From Sir John Franklin’s doomed 1845 search for the Northwest Passage to early twentieth-century sprints to the South Pole, polar expeditions produced an extravagant archive of documents that are as varied as they are engaging. As the polar ice sheets melt, fragments of this archive are newly emergent. In The News at the Ends of the Earth Hester Blum examines the rich, offbeat collection of printed ephemera created by polar explorers. Ranging from ship newspapers and messages ...

Belly-Up Rosehip: a Tongue Blue with Mud Songs

By Tyler Detloff. Swimming with Elephants Publications, 2019.

Belly-Up Rosehip: a Tongue Blue with Mud Songs, the debut book of poems by Tyler Dettloff, engages with northern wilderness spaces and themes of medicines, blues, and Anishinaabemowin language. Swimming with Elephants Publications selected Belly-up Rosehip as a contest winner in the publishers 2018 open reading session.

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, says that Belly-up Rosehip is an “evocative collection [that] invites a gathering of the lost and the found beneath a sheltering shingwak ...

Gender and Environment in Science Fiction

Edited by Christy Tidwell and Bridgitte Barclay. Lexington Books, 2019.

This collection, edited by co-leaders of ASLE’s Ecomedia SIG, features chapters by several ASLE members. Gender and Environment in Science Fiction focuses on the variety of ways that gender and “nature” interact in science fiction films and fictions, exploring questions of different realities and posing new ones. Science fiction asks questions to propose other ways of living; it asks what if, and that question is the basis for alternative narratives of ourselves and the ...

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