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October 25, 2017

Undermined in Coal Country: On the Measures in a Working Land

Undermined in Coal Country: On the Measures in a Working Land

By Bill Conlogue. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.

Deep mining ended decades ago in Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna Valley. The barons who made their fortunes have moved on. Low wages and high unemployment haunt the area, and the people left behind wonder whether to stay or seek their fortunes elsewhere.

Undermined in Coal Country explores how two overlapping coal country landscapes—Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Marywood University—have coped with the devastating aftermath of mining. Examining the far-reaching environmental ...

Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation

Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation

By Serenella Iovino. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.

Winner of the American Association for Italian Studies Book Prize for 2016

Ecocriticism and Italy reads the diverse landscapes of Italy in the cultural imagination. From death in Venice as a literary trope and petrochemical curse, through the volcanoes of Naples to wine, food and environmental violence in Piedmont, Serenella Iovino explores Italy as a text where ecology and imagination meet. Examining texts where justice, society and politics interlace with stories of land ...