Culture, Creativity and Environment: New Environmentalist Criticism

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Fiona Becket, Terry Gifford
Rodopi, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 258 pages
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Culture, Creativity and Environment: New Environmentalist Criticism is a collection of new work which examines the intersection between philosophy, literature, visual art, film and the environment at a time of environmental crisis. This book is unusual in the way in which the 'imaginative', 'creative', element is privileged, notwithstanding the creativity of rigorous cultural criticism. Genuinely interdisciplinary, this book aims to be inclusive in its discussions of diverse cultural media (different literary genres, art forms and film for instance), which offer thoughtful and thought-provoking critiques of our relationships with the environment. Our ability to transcend the ethical and aesthetic categories and discourses that have contributed to our alienation from our environment is dependant upon an enlargement of our imaginative capacities. In a modest way this book might contribute to what Ted Hughes, speaking of the imagination of each new child, described as “nature's chance to correct culture's error”.
 

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a1 Plumwood
17
b2 Parham
37
c3 Rugg
55
d4 Bergthaller
75
e5 Rudd
99
f6 Garrard
115
g7 Goodbody
135
h8 Huggan
161
i9 Jarvis
181
j10 Tucker
197
k11 Narraway
215
l12 Westling
233
m13 Notes on Contributors
249
ZZZIndex
253
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