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Black on Earth: African American Ecoliterary Traditions

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American environmental literature has relied heavily on the perspectives of European Americans, often ignoring other groups. In Black on Earth, Kimberly Ruffin expands the reach of ecocriticism by analyzing the ecological experiences, conceptions, and desires seen in African American writing. Ruffin identifies a theory of “ecological burden and beauty” in which African Ame ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by University of Georgia Press
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“If we expect people to become ecological citizens, then we must have images through which they can honor and question themselves and any forces (hierarchies of nation, race, class, sexuality, or gender) that complicate their attempts to express their ecological belonging.” – Kimberly Ruffin


Black on Earth focuses on what the author calls the burden-and-beauty paradox in a wide range of African American ecological texts. It is one of many new books to focus on African American environmental eth
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Dec 22, 2013 Erica rated it did not like it
The author has taken a compelling, important theme and hidden it behind heavy academic-speak and meaningless catchphrases. While the book was too frustrating to finish, the many works mentioned give good ideas for further reading.
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