Postcolonial Green: Environmental Politics and World Narratives

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Bonnie Roos, Alex Hunt
University of Virginia Press, Aug 20, 2010 - Nature - 301 pages
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Postcolonial Green brings together scholarship bridging ecocriticism and postcolonialism. Since its inception, ecocriticism has been accused of being inattentive to the complexities that colonialism poses for ideas of nature and environmentalism. Postcolonial discourse, on the other hand, has been so immersed in theoretical questions of nationalism and identity that it has been seen as ignoring environmental or ecological concerns. This collection demonstrates that ecocriticism and postcolonialism must be understood as parallel projects if not facets of the very same project--a struggle for global justice and sustainability.

The essays in this collection span the globe, and cover such issues as international environmental policy, land and water rights, food production, poverty, women's rights, indigenous activism, and ecotourism. They consider all manner of texts, from oral tradition to literary fiction to web discourse. Contributors bring postcolonial theory to literary traditions, such as that of the United States, not typically seen in this light, and, conversely, bring ecocriticism to literary traditions, such as those of India and China, that have seen little ecological analysis. Postcolonial Green boasts a global geographical breadth, diversity of critical approach, and increasing relevance to the issues we face on a world stage.

Contributors

Neel Ahuja, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill * Pavel Cenkl, Sterling College * Sharae Deckard, University College Dublin * Ursula K. Heise, Stanford University * Jonathan Highfield, Rhode Island School of Design * Alex Hunt, West Texas A&M University * Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Warwick University * Patrick D. Murphy, University of Central Florida * Bonnie Roos, West Texas A&M University * Caskey Russell, University of Wyoming * Rachel Stein, Siena College * Sabine Wilke, University of Washington * Laura Wright, Western Carolina University * Sheng-yen Yu, National Taipei University of Technology * Gang Yue, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/Xiamen University

 

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Contents

Narratives of Survival Sustainability and Justice
1
ASIA THE SOUTH PACIFIC
15
AFRICA
81
NORTH AMERICA
135
SOUTH AMERICA THE CARIBBEAN
195
Postcolonial Ecocriticism and the Question of Literature
251
Bibliography
259
Notes on Contributors
281
Index
285
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Bonnie Roos is Assistant Professor of English at West Texas A&M University. Alex Hunt is Associate Professor of English at West Texas A&M University and editor of The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism.

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