The Green Critique: Explorations in Environmental Humanities

focuses on the interface of Anthropocene, sustainability, ecological aesthetics, multispecies relationality and the environment as reflected in literature and culture. This eclectic collection of essays examines how writers have addressed ecological crises and environmental challenges that transcend national, cultural, political, social and linguistic borders. This book is a dynamic and varied collection of essays, comprising some exciting and sound scholarship that have scarcely been covered by ecocriticism.

Essays on eco-graphics, eco-design, eco-cinema, eco-theology, eco-feminism, ethnobotany, eco-linguistics and bioregionalism stand as parts of a broadly interdisciplinary enterprise known as “The Environmental Humanities.”

 
This book will be of great interest to scholars and academics working on ecocriticism, environmental studies, environmental ethics, political ecology, environmental policies and other related fields.

Table of Contents

Foreword
-Scott Slovic

Critiquing the Green Studies: Introductory Thoughts
-Krishanu Maiti and Soumyadeep Chakraborty (Editors)

PART- I: THE ANTHROPOCENE, SUSTAINABILITY AND POLICY

1. Eco-criticism in a Changing Policy Landscape
-Frederick Gordon
2. Learning to think in the Anthropocene: What can Deleuze-Guattari teach us?
-David R. Cole
3. Solar Power in the Anthropocene: Narrative and its Discontents
-Susan Haris

PART- II: ECOLOGICAL AESTHETICS AND INTERMEDIALITY

4. The Plasto(s)cene: Ecographics in Rachel Hope Allison’s I’m Not a Plastic Bag
-Pramod K. Nayar
5. Ted Hughes, Ecology and the Arts
-Ann Skea
6. Representation in Media Texts: Shaping Contemporary Perceptions of the Anthropogenic Climate Change in Documentaries
-Asmae Ourkiya
7. Defeating the Charges of Denialism: Confronting the Climate Change Crisis in Nila Madhab Panda’s Kadvi Hawa
-Sk Tarik Ali
8. Aesthetics vs. Functionality of Ecodesign: Exploring Sustainable Architectural Models Based on Ecological and Bioclimatic Design Principles
-Stephen Poon
9. “Imag(e)ining” along a Himalayan Trekking Trail
-Apratim Kundu

PART- III: IMAGINING NATURE, WRITING ECOLOGY

10. Language Ecology in the Mythic Narrative of Easterine Kire’s Son of the Thundercloud
-Shruti Das
11. E. M. Forster’s Bioregional Sense of Place: “Only Connect…”
-Gulsah Gocmen
12. Salvaging Nature from Ruins of Development in Mamang Dai’s Poetry
-Neeraj Sankhyan and Suman Sigroha
13. Re-membering the Coyolxauhqui: Conocimiento as Environmental activism in Ana Castillo’s So Far From God and Helena Maria Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus.
-Lakshmi Chithra and Swarnalatha Rangarajan
14. The Panchavati and the Green Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
-Debdas Roy

PART- IV: WOMAN, NATURE AND CULTURE

15. Malignancy of Goneril: Nature’s Powerful Warrior
-Nicole Dittmer
16. Escape to Nature in Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho
-Shelby Heathcoat
17. The Realms of the ‘Natural’ and the ‘Female’: A study of Rushdie’s Shalimar the Clown
-Raktima Bhuyan and Hemanga Dutta

PART- V: MULTISPECIES / INTERSPECIES RELATIONALITIES

18. Towards Literary Ethnobotany: Burmese Poetry and Biocultural Knowledge of Plants
-John Charles Ryan
19. Preventing Invasion: Stopping the Spread of Quagga Mussels to Bear Lake
-Chelsea Adams
20. “You Will See What It Is to Be a King”: The Power of a Fish in The Sword in the Stone
-Justine Breton
21. Silent Translators: The Role of the Animal as a Mediator in Medieval Human Relationships
-Heather Dail

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS