March 2, 2023

The Environmental Unconscious: Ecological Poetics from Spenser to Milton

McIntyre Amy

By Steven Swarbrick. University of Minnesota Press, March 2023.

Why has psychoanalysis long been kept at the margins of environmental criticism despite the many theories of eco-Marxism, queer ecology, and eco-deconstruction available today? What is unique, possibly even traumatic, about eco-psychoanalysis? The Environmental Unconscious addresses these questions as it provides an innovative and theoretical account of environmental loss focused on the counterintuitive forms of enjoyment that early modern poetry and psychoanalysis jointly theorize.

Steven Swarbrick urges literary critics and environmental scholars fluent in the new materialism ...

Planet Now! / Planeta herido: Conversation Series Features Artist Verónica Gerber Bicecci in Conversation with Gisela Heffes

Rivers Daniel

The Center for Environmental Studies at Rice University, Houston-based Literal Publishing, and Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) continue to produce their conversation series: Planet Now! / Planeta herido: una conversación. The series features interviews to Latin American writers, artists and activists, in Spanish, which are then transcribed, translated, and presented with English subtitles added. The goal of this series is to give visibility in the US to the Latin American environmental production, which would otherwise be unnoticed within an ...

Taylor Brorby Publishes NYT Op-Ed

McIntyre Amy

Taylor Brorby, ASLE member and author of the acclaimed Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land, published a NYT guest op-ed on February 24, 2023, entitled “The Real Reason North Dakota Is Going After Books and Librarians.”

The guest essay focuses on “two pieces of legislation that may soon be signed into law in North Dakota would make it possible to restrict libraries and, in some cases, to imprison librarians.”