Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development

Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development : Toward a Politicized Ecocriticism

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Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development extends the energetic and socially important tradition of postcolonial ecocriticism to regions of the world not normally considered in the postcolonial context, such as southern Japan and eastern Europe. The text expands Karen Thornber's notion of "ecoambiguity" from her own work on East Asian literature and culture to many other more

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  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739189085
  • 9780739189085
  • 1,493,976

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A new critical formation, sometimes called environmental humanities, has been successfully interrogating the assumptions about nature, history, and culture made by an earlier generation of largely European and North American writers, scholars, and activists. This collection of thoughtful and stimulating essays, arranged and introduced superbly by the editors, continues with this essential task of building a properly worldly analysis and interpretation of our current environmental crises-a task on which, quite literally, our lives might depend. -- Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Warwick University This intriguing collection is like an odyssey into the hermeneutics of "ecoambiguity." It sheds light on the problematic entanglements of ecodegradation and social repression with vivid local examples from the Global South. The essays here explore how ecoambiguity emerges from the contested intersectional sites of environmental and social justice. They reveal the contingencies of nature-culture interactions when pressing environmental problems are materially bound up with social distress and cultural oppression. Zeroing in on a particular local narrative, each essay unravels the spectral lines that disclose ecoambiguity as a historical and political process of inadvertent collisions between people and the environment. The co-extensivity of ecological devastation with poverty, pollution, domestic colonialism, and industrial development is so well expressed that the ambivalences of eco-deterioration immediately make sense. -- Serpil Oppermann, coeditor of International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism and Material Ecocriticism This is a dynamic, wide-ranging collection. It offers powerful testimony to the entanglement between cultural and environmental challenges. It also reminds us of the power of literature and film as imaginative resources for deepening our understanding of those challenges. The book's geographical reach is unusual and impressive. -- Rob Nixon, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in the Humanities and the Environment, Princeton University This innovative collection decisively outlines why environmental justice and postcolonial theories are taking hold among the ecocritics at work in China, Japan, India, Ukraine, Mexico, and Brazil, and other indigenous or first nations-such as the Mohawk. Distinguished established scholars, and important new voices in the field, many from the cultures about which they write, confront the paradoxical tendencies of selective cultural appreciation and destruction found in some of the globe's most talked-about 'developing' nations. The result is a powerful and highly engaging new contribution to the field that will challenge conventional assumptions about the environmentalism(s), literatures, and films of the nations, regions, and communities under analysis. -- Joni Adamson, co-editor, American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons An excellent and timely collection, consolidating recent advances in postcolonial ecocriticism but pushing it in new directions and applying its theories and methods to under-represented parts of an increasingly connected but unevenly developed and culturally differentiated world. The early chapters on China, Tibet, and Japan are especially useful insofar as these complex regions rarely feature in more conventional accounts of postcolonial ecocriticism; but all the essays here make significant contributions to a densely political field which, in lead author Karen Thornber's words, 'further ambiguates [rather than resolves] the ecological conundrums it describes.' -- Graham Huggan, Chair of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures, School of English, University of Leedsshow more

About Scott Slovic

Vidya Sarveswaran is assistant professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur. She has several journal articles to her credit, and has worked on several documentary films as a script writer. Scott Slovic served as founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and is editor of the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. He is currently writing Fundamentals of Ecocriticism and Environmental Literature and editing The Cambridge Companion to American Literature and Environment. Swarnalatha Rangarajan is associate professor of English at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. She was the founding editor of the Indian Journal of Ecocriticism and has served as guest editor for two special issues on Indian ecosophy for The Trumpeter-the Canadian Journal of Deep more

Table of contents

Table of Contents Introduction Scott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan, and Vidya Sarveswaran Chapter 1: Plundering Borderlands North and South Karen Thornber Chapter 2: Tibet, a Topos in Ecopolitics of the Global South Gang Yue Chapter 3: Red China, Green Amnesia: Locating Environmental Justice in Contemporary Chinese Literature Cheng Li and Yanjun Liu Chapter 4: Minamata and the Symbolic Discourse of the South Tsutomu Takahashi Chapter 5: Indian Environmentalism and Its Fragments Jyotirmaya Tripathy Chapter 6: From Bhopal to Biometrics: Biological Citizenship in the Age of Globalization Pamod Nayar Chapter 7: Beyond the Eco-flaneur's Footsteps: Perambulatory Narration in Zakes Mda's Ways of Dying Laura A. White Chapter 8: Reconsidering the Eco-Imperatives of Ukrainian Consciousness: An Introduction to Ukrainian Environmental Literature Inna Sukhenko Chapter 9: Kissed by Lightning and Fourth Cinema's Natureculture Continuum Salma Monani Chapter 10: Under all the laws, natural, human, and divine: Reinterpreting La Leyenda Negra's Colonial Purpose Dora Ramirez-Dhoore Chapter 11: Mapmaking, Rubbertapping: Cartography and Social Ecology in Euclides da Cunha's The Amazon: Land Without History Aarti Madan Chapter 12: Down Under: New World Literatures and Ecocriticism George B. Handley Index Contributorsshow more