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Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development

Toward a Politicized Ecocriticism

by Scott Slovic Editor · Swarnalatha Rangarajan Editor

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Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development takes stock of cultural and environmental contexts in many different regions of the world by exploring literature and film. Artists and scholars working in the social ecology, environmental justice, and postcolonial arenas have long recognized that as soon as we tug on a thread of "ecodegradation," we generally find it linked to some form of cultural oppression. The reverse is also often true. In the spirit of postcolonial ecocriticism, the studies collected by Scott Slovic, R. Swarnalatha, and Vidya Sarveswaran emphasize the impossibility of disentangling environmental and cultural problems.

While not all the authors explicitly invoke Karen Thornber's term "ecoambiguity" or the concepts and terminology of postcolonial ecocriticism, their articles frequently bring to light various ironies. For example, the fact that Ukrainian environmental experience in the twenty-first century is defined by one of the world's most infamous industrial disasters, the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986, yet Ukrainian culture, like many throughout the world, actually cherishes a profound, even animistic, attachment to the wonders of nature. The repetition of this and other paradoxes in human cultural responses to the more-than-human world reinforces our sense of the congruities and idiosyncrasies of human culture. Every human culture, regardless of its condition of economic and industrial development, has produced its own version of "environmental literature and art"—but the nuances of this work reflect that culture's precise social and geophysical circumstances. In various ways, these stories of community and development from across the planet converge and diverge, as told and explained by distinguished scholars, many of whom come from the cultures represented in these articles.

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Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication Date:
2014

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Scott Slovic (Editor)

Vidya Sarveswaran is assistant professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur. She has several journal articles to her credit, and has worked on several documentary films as a...

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Creators

Contributor :
Karen Thornber
Editor :
Scott Slovic
Contributor :
Cheng Li
Editor :
Vidya Sarveswaran
Contributor :
Gang Yue
Contributor :
Yanjun Liu
Contributor :
Tsutomu Takahashi
Contributor :
Jyotirmaya Tripathy
Contributor :
Pamod Nayar
Contributor :
Laura A. White
Contributor :
Inna Sukhenko
Contributor :
Salma Monani
Contributor :
Dora Ramirez-Dhoore
Contributor :
Aarti Madan
Contributor :
George B. Handley
Editor :
Swarnalatha Rangarajan
Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development
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