February 1, 2022

Rogues in the Postcolony: Narrating Extraction and Itinerancy in India

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By Stacey Balkan. West Virginia University Press, 2022.

Rogues in the Postcolony is a study of Anglophone Indian picaresque novels that dramatize the impacts of extractive capitalism and colonial occupation on local communities in several Indian states. In this materialist history of development on the subcontinent, Stacey Balkan considers works by Amitav Ghosh, Indra Sinha, and Aravind Adiga that critique violent campaigns of enclosure and dispossession at the hands of corporate entities like the English East India Company and its many legatees. By foregrounding the ...

Co-President Gisela Heffes featured by Rice University’s News

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Gisela Heffes and George Handley, recently elected co-presidents, are already bringing positive attention to ASLE. Gisela Heffes was recently featured in a piece from Rice University. In it, she emphasizes the importance of diversifying ASLE:

There’s never been anybody from Latin America in the presidency, I believe. One of our goals is to diversify and abandon monolingualism,” Heffes said. “It’s so important to emphasize the presence of Spanish in the United States, and I am extremely lucky that ASLE officers and members are very ...

Will Lombardi: February 2022 Scholar of the Month

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ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for February 2022 is Will Lombardi. 

Will Lombardi is Professor of English at Feather River College in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. His projects support environmental protections in the watershed and region he calls home.

How did you become interested in studying ecocriticism and/or the environmental humanities?

Ha! I grew up hunting and fishing on the California Delta. When I was 16 I saw a book with geese on the cover at a Contra Costa County library book sale ...