Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from. This text is one of the first introductory guides to the field of literary ecological criticism. It is the ideal handbook for all students new to the disciplines of literature. Ecocriticism has ratings and 31 reviews. Ariya said: I had been dodging around this book for several months, and able to finish it by the end of the.
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Ecocriticism by Greg Garrard. Inspired by a range of ecological movements, ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from Wordsworth and Thoreau to Disney and BBC nature documentaries. Greg Garrard’s animated and accessible volume traces the development of the movement and explores the concepts Inspired by a range of ecological movements, ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from Wordsworth and Thoreau to Disney and BBC garrqrd documentaries.
Greg Garrard’s ecocritcism and accessible volume ecoccriticism the development of the movement and explores the concepts which have most occupied ecocritics, including: Featuring an invaluable glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading, this is the first student-friendly introduction to one of the newest and most exciting trends in literary and cultural studies. Paperbackpages.
Published August 24th by Routledge first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ecocriticismplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 19, Ariya rated it liked it Shelves: I had been dodging around this book for several months, and able to finish it by the end of the semester. Not that the book provided the modern concepts about environment studies, but specifically focused on literary contexts, which I think, more friendly to my lack of knowledge.
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I would definitely come back for the revision soon. A solid introduction to the field of ecocritcism. Nov 07, Hank rated it liked it. This isn’t the kind of book that many can pick up, read once continuously, and hope to extract its undiminished value.
If one hopes to fully grasp the contents, the best approach is slow reading and rereading with Wikipedia close at hand. Here’s my crude simplification of what this book’s about. It is a critical review of the literature, including film, poetry, philosophy, et. It starts by providing a brief account of the various political and This isn’t the kind of book that many can pick up, read once continuously, and hope to extract its undiminished value.
It starts by providing a brief account of the various political and philosophical orientations within the broad spectrum of environmentalism. For example, the first perspective is “cornucopia”; cornucopians claim that human welfare increases with population, economic growth and technological progress.
As natural resources become scarce, entrepreneurs find substitutes or create efficiencies that ameliorate the issue. The other orientations are: The book proceeds to frame the analysis into 6 ecocritical tropes: Each trope is developed with brief discussions of the principle historical works and their criticisms, chronologically and, at times, geographically.
Ultimately, the purpose of this book and ecocriticism in general is to help people overcome anthropocentricism. By reviewing the various orientations that authors, artists, and the general public have held toward nature, we become capable of identifying and discouraging those that are harmful and flawed, and promoting the closest approximations of the good and true.
I would only recommend reading this book grarard you have the time to dedicate to independently exploring the tropes in concert with the reading, or if you have a very solid grounding in ecological literature. This was honestly pretty messy. If it hadn’t been for a college class, I would’ve put it aside after a couple of chapters. Garrard likes to namedrop and make long, unnecessary, rambling examples based on others’ work, in a way that often leaves you confused. Half the time it felt like reading a bunch of synopses more than a guide to ecocriticism in general and it’s sometimes hard to tell whether he’s explaining someone’s opinion on it or if it’s a more generally accepted method.
He wanders off c This was honestly pretty messy. He wanders off course so many times that you end up forgetting what this paragraf was even about and it seems he himself forgets as well. It did bring me to notice a few things when reading or watching a movie, that I didn’t before and it wasn’t ecocriicism tough or long read, but I’m not sure it’s really worth anyone’s time.
Hopefully there are better guides to ecocriticism out there. Oct 14, Nasreddine EL Guezar rated it liked it. This is the first book that I have finished reading on ecocriticism; not being able to understand the main idea of the book was the reason why I was putting off posting a review on it. Basically, the book is an overview of ecocriticism, and most reviewers recommend it as the first-hand garrzrd for the concerned students. Even ecocrriticism the book is greatly organized, I have found difficulty in recalling what I have learnt from it.
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I am not denying the importance of this book nor the superior style the boo This is the first book that I have finished reading on ecocriticism; not being able to understand the main idea of ecovriticism book was the reason why I was putting off posting a review on it.
I am not denying the importance of this book nor the superior style the book is written in, yet I would resent garrarf ambiguity of book chapters. A really helpful intro into eco-theory, using literary and cultural references to illustrate and analyze its various and often contradictory streams of thought. It brings up some interesting points, but overall this is a rather boring book to read.
At times it also has a rather pretentious tone Jan 19, Lisa rated it really liked it. So many things to consider Onwards to more theory! Nov 25, Ally rated it really liked it. Summary of ecocritical thought; divided in to the following categories: May 17, sdw rated it really liked it Shelves: The next three chapters Pastoral, Wilderness, and Apocalypse trace these key tropes throughout the history of ecocriticism.
He greeg an interdisciplinary hit parade of scholars and writers whose contributions to ecological thought are unquestioned including Raymond Williams, William Cronon, and Bill McKibben.
Wilderness and Pastoral are, of course, foundational terms of the field and Garrard manages not only to provide an impressive level of depth with his chapters but add something to ongoing discussions in the field. The chapter Dwelling engages the American georgic form and the ecological Indian trope. Animals touches on the emergent field of animal studies. The final chapter, futures, ask us to eecocriticism globally using two frames — globalization and Gaia.
The book would have benefited from a chapter dedicated specifically to the idea of environmental justice ecocriticism. By ending by identifying environmental justice as key to the future of the field without providing a corresponding chapter on its past, Garrard misses a chance to delve into its already layered history and better represent the diversity of texts that twenty-first century ecocritics analyze. Aug 19, Steve rated it really liked it.
Written from a more scientific perspective, the primer on Ecocriticism covers several key intersections between nature and the humanities while exposing the typical understandings of nature as mere property of humans or the over-mystified readings of nature that don’t do much for improving our world. The section on the “Ecological Indian” stereotype was especially eye-opening for me; I had not realized like many in our culture to what extent this notion is both historically i Very eye-opening.
The section on the “Ecological Indian” stereotype was especially eye-opening for me; I had not realized like many in our culture to what extent this notion is both historically inaccurate many Native Americans were just as exploitative of nature as Europeans settlers – there were just less of them, and didn’t have the technology to achieve gargard means as efficiently as well as offensive to some Native Ecociticism since it reduces the many different groups into a rather monolithic view.
My one criticism, oddly enough, is that the book gartard too many of its own criticisms of differing approaches; only the last few pages were devoted to a positive understanding of Ecocriticism. Yet it was both enlightening and inspiring, as I’m sure it will serve as fodder for future critical readings of the topic of nature in the arts. Jul 28, Candy Wood added it. This book in the New Critical Idiom series provides ecocriitcism effective, readable introduction to the main issues in ecocriticism, relying on and updating earlier readers by Glotfelty and Fromm, Kerridge and Sammells, and Armbruster and Wallace.
He would point out that the previous sentence exhibits metaphorical exploitation of This book in the New Critical Idiom series provides an effective, readable introduction to the main issues in ecocriticism, relying on and updating earlier readers by Glotfelty and Fromm, Kerridge ecocriticizm Sammells, and Armbruster and Wallace.
He would point out that the previous sentence exhibits metaphorical exploitation of nature, encouraging awareness of language in our thinking about ecology. His explanation of current ecological science corrects earlier assumptions about balance and harmony.
The chapter on animals is especially interesting. A glossary and annotated list of further ecocriticlsm including both UK and US titles completes an extremely useful book. Nov 14, Gavin Malavolta rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not a book for the casual reader, this is an academic work.
That said, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good read, because it is. Wordy, as most literary thoery is by necessity, but still readable.
This is really an overview of the garrarr, gathering a range of ideas from a variety of sources to provide an effective introduction to the field of ecocriticism. I found garrars intense; idea follows idea in quick succession so that just when you think you have read something profound yet another profundity Not a book for the casual reader, this is an academic work.
I found it intense; idea follows idea in quick succession so that just when you think you have read something profound yet another profundity follows on its heels. I have to say though that, as a teacher of both literature and geography with a focus on sustainable developmentI found this work to be the perfect crossover between my two otherwise disparate subjects, and made me feel a little less schizophrenic as a teacher than normal May 18, Chris Hall rated it it was amazing.
Gregg Garrard explores the various tropes most commonly used to talk about the gardard between human beings and the more-than-human world. Each chapter examines one such trope, and this division makes this book highly accessible and valuable to the student of ecocriticism. I haven’t read the book straight through from beginning to ecocritixism, but among the chapters I have read, the most interesting so far were “Wildness,” “Apocalypse,” and “Dwelling.
Feb 21, Anna Hiller rated it it was ok Shelves: My students had some pretty serious critiques of this book. While it was useful for the explanation of certain terms — “Wilderness” “Place” and “Dwelling” in particular — the students generally felt that too rgeg time was spent on case studies that were wandering, verbose, and tangential. Ecocirticism would have preferred a text that dealt more with the vocabulary of ecocriticism rather than its practice.
I would not choose to use this text again ecocriticismm a class I teach; I would consider drawing on it for My students had some pretty serious critiques of this book.