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The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology

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The Ecocriticism Reader is the first collection of its kind, an anthology of classic and cutting-edge writings in the rapidly emerging field of literary ecology. Exploring the relationship between literature and the physical environment, literary ecology is the study of the ways that writing both reflects and influences our interactions with the natural world.An introducti ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by University of Georgia Press
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Anna Hiller
Feb 21, 2010 Anna Hiller rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any teacher of ecocriticsm
Niel Evernden's essay (included in this anthology) completely changed the trajectory of the course I taught on ecocriticsm. The concept of "interconnectedness" and Evernden's metaphor of the fish in his environment gave my students a suitably complex yet direct mechanism by which to understand what ecocriticsm does, and what its object/objective is.

The other articles included in the book are useful as well -- William Reuckert and William Howarth we also read in class, and I found the Bakhtinian
Jul 03, 2010 Bryan added it
A splendid collection of ecocritical essays: If any reader has interest in ecocriticism, never miss this canonical book! The introduction by Cheryll Glotfelty draws an important map for ecocritical studies. This book has collected almost the most crucial essays by the most important scholars on this (interdisciplinary) field. Besides, this book also introduces top fifteen choices for further recommended reading and other useful references (including books, periodicals, and professional organizat ...more
Candy Wood
Ecocriticism has moved on since this 1996 collection, but this book remains an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to explore the interconnections between ecology and literature, particularly American literature. Glotfelty and Fromm have collected earlier pieces such as Lynn White's 1967 "The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis" and selections from key books by Joseph Meeker (1972) and Annette Kolodny (1984) and added many more to show how ecocritical writing developed into the 1990s ...more
Brian Steinbach
May 19, 2013 Brian Steinbach rated it it was amazing
A fine starting place for anyone interested in studying ecocriticism. You'll find yourself agreeing, disagreeing, and perhaps scratching your head at times, but this is ideal-and surely intended- for any collection of essays meant to provide a sense of the current state of ecocritical discourse. That said, the collection was published in 1996, and includes essays that stretch fromt his time to decades prior (Some will appear outdated, but are nonetheless canonical pillars to the collection). Giv ...more
Rhonda Browning White
Jun 25, 2012 Rhonda Browning White rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of scholarly essays perfect for testing the waters of ecocritism, though some are now dated. Still, Glotfelty (one of the books editors), provided an introduction that, alone, makes the book worth picking up.

I particularly appreciated the essays in Part Two: Ecocritical Considerations of Fiction and Drama, from which I've gleaned greater understanding of the important part writers play (or should play), in raising the consciousness of our readers regarding environmental
Angela Gaskell
Jul 29, 2010 Angela Gaskell rated it it was amazing
I read most of this book during my Literature and the Environment class taught by William Stott. It is an amazing read even if just excerpts are selected. The authors and collaboration that went into its publication are impressive. The topics are inspiring and though-provoking.
Mar 25, 2016 Marli rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: English/Environmental Students
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An excellent collection of easy-to-read articles for those who are looking for an introduction to ecocriticism and environmental literature!
Andrew Gorman
Nov 07, 2012 Andrew Gorman rated it liked it
I appreciated the collection, but wished there was more destabilizing fixed depictions of nature. Still, an expansive enough introduction.
Sep 10, 2010 Peter rated it liked it
Ventures into a philosophical realm...but interesting.
Sep 11, 2012 Bennett rated it really liked it
great selection of different perspectives on ecology and culture, starting in the early 70s, going up to the 90s. a very useful book, and offers jumping off points for more in depth reading
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