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The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment
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The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment
Cambridge University Press
9780521896351 - The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment - By Timothy Clark
Table of Contents

Contents

List of illustrations
xii
Preface
xiii
Acknowledgements
xiv
Introduction: the challenge
1
Anthropocentrism
3
The literary and cultural criticism
3
A crisis of the ‘natural’
5
The natures of nature
6
A reading
8
First quandary: climate change
10
Romantic and anti-romantic
Chapter 1     Old world romanticism
15
Romantic ecology
15
The self-evidence of the natural?
18
The inherent greenness of the literary?
19
A reading: the case of John Clare
21
Deep ecology
23
Chapter 2     New world romanticism
25
A reading: retrieving Walden
30
Wild
33
Chapter 3     Genre and the question of non-fiction
35
‘You don't make it up’
36
Fiction or non-fiction?
38
An aesthetic consumerism
39
A reading: genres and the projection of animal subjectivity
42
Second quandary: fiction or non-fiction?
44
Chapter 4     Language beyond the human?
46
A realist poetics
47
The Spell of the Sensuous
48
Third quandary: how human-centred is given language?
52
Chapter 5     The inherent violence of western thought?
55
The archetypal eco-fascist?
59
The forest
60
Chapter 6     Post-humanism and the ‘end of nature’?
63
A reading: Frankenstein
66
Ecology without nature?
69
The boundaries of the political
Chapter 7     Thinking like a mountain?
77
The aesthetic
80
Fifth quandary: what isn't an environmental issue?
85
Chapter 8     Environmental justice and the move ‘beyond nature writing’
87
Social ecology
89
A reading: A River Runs Through It
90
Environmental criticism as cultural history?
93
Sixth quandary: the antinomy of environmental criticism
94
Chapter 9     Two readings: European ecojustice
96
Chapter 10    Liberalism and green moralism
102
The limits of liberal criticism
105
A reading: William and Dorothy Wordsworth
108
Seventh quandary: the rights of the yet-to-be-born
110
Chapter 11    Ecofeminism
111
An écriture ecofemine?
114
‘Nature provides us with few givens’
117
Chapter 12    ‘Post-colonial’ ecojustice
120
Environmentalism as neocolonialism?
120
Is there yet a specifically environmental post-colonial criticism?
122
Colonialism as the ‘Conquest of nature’
123
A reading: Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide
126
Eighth quandary: overpopulation
127
Chapter 13    Questions of scale: the local, the national and the global
130
Methodological nationalism
131
Literary ‘reinhabitation’?
132
Questions of scale
136
Ecopoetry
139
Science and the struggle for intellectual authority
Chapter 14    Science and the crisis of authority
143
The disenchantment thesis
143
Facts versus values? a reading, Annie Dillard's ‘Galápagos’
145
The ‘naturalistic fallacy’
145
Against the facts–values split
148
Ecology, ‘ecology’ and literature
151
Hubert Zapf, Literature as Cultural Ecology
153
Chapter 15    Science studies
156
Studying science as a kind of behaviour
156
The Selfish Gene
157
Donna Haraway
158
Ninth quandary: constructivism and doing justice to non-human agency
163
Chapter 16    Evolutionary theories of literature
165
The Standard Social Science Model
165
Literature and human nature
167
Chapter 17    Interdisciplinarity and science: two essays on human evolution
171
Tenth quandary: the challenge of scientific illiteracy
176
The animal mirror
Chapter 18    Ethics and the non-human animal
183
‘Kiss goodbye to the idea that humans are qualitatively different from other animals’
185
Human–animal
186
Twelfth quandary: reading the animal as ‘construct’
190
Chapter 19    Anthropomorphism
192
An art of animal interpretation
195
A reading: The Wind in the Pylons
198
Chapter 20    The future of ecocriticism?
202
Final brief quandary: what place environmental criticism in the modern ‘University of Excellence’?
203
Notes
204
Further reading
231
Index
244



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