BRIDGE AT THE END OF THE WORLD – NEW AND SELECTED POEMS
By Scott T. Starbuck. Blue Light Press, 2023.
Winner of a 2023 Blue Light Book Award, Bridge at the End of the World, New and Selected Poems complements Scott T. Starbuck’s 30 years of activism and creative writing instruction, including his Trees, Fish, and Dreams Climateblog (with readers in 110 countries) and ecopoetry workshops at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the UC San Diego Masters of Advanced Studies Program in Climate Science and Policy.
The book features new work about the climate emergency and brings together ...
By Jean-Thomas Tremblay. Duke University Press, 2022.
In Breathing Aesthetics Jean-Thomas Tremblay argues that difficult breathing indexes the uneven distribution of risk in a contemporary era marked by the increasing contamination, weaponization, and monetization of air. Tremblay shows how biopolitical and necropolitical forces tied to the continuation of extractive capitalism, imperialism, and structural racism are embodied and experienced through respiration. They identify responses to the crisis in breathing in aesthetic practices ranging from the film work of Cuban American artist Ana Mendieta to the ...
ECOLOGIES OF A STORIED PLANET IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
By Serpil Oppermann. West Virginia University Press, 2023.
Ecologies of a Storied Planet in the Anthropocene is an intellectually engaging piece of scholarship. With transdisciplinarity and theoretical lucidity, it rethinks the Anthropocene from a material ecocritical perspective, envisioning innovative modes of knowledge for deeper understandings of Anthropocene ecologies. Focusing on nonhuman agencies, Oppermann shows in fascinating detail how to better imagine an ecological future on our storied planet that has suffered enormously from an anthropocentric mindset.
Serpil Oppermann is the Director of the Environmental Humanities ...
OUTBACK AND OUT WEST: THE SETTLER-COLONIAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMAGINARY
By Tom Lynch. University of Nebraska Press, 2022.
Outback and Out West: The Settler-Colonial Environmental Imaginary examines the ecological consequences of a settler-colonial imaginary by comparing expressions of settler colonialism in the literature of the American West and Australian Outback. In this powerful book, Lynch examines the shared themes of exogenous domination and the parallel methodologies of settlement in these regions –from pastoralism and homestead acts to afforestation initiatives and bioregional efforts at “belonging.” Lynch pairs the two nations’ texts to show how an ...
THOREAU’S RELIGION: WALDEN WOODS, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND THE POLITICS OF ASCETICISM
By Alda Balthrop-Lewis. Cambridge University Press, 2021.
In “Thoreau’s Religion: Walden Woods, Social Justice, and the Politics of Asceticism,” Alda Balthrop-Lewis presents a ground-breaking interpretation of Henry David Thoreau’s seminal work, Walden. Challenging the traditional view of Walden Woods as a solitary wilderness, Balthrop-Lewis demonstrates that Thoreau’s ascetic life was a form of religious practice dedicated to cultivating a just, multispecies community.
This insightful book makes an important contribution to scholarship in religious studies, political theory, English, environmental studies, and critical theory, by offering the ...
A LITTLE BIT OF LAND
By Jessica Gigot. Oregon State University Press, 2022.
In “A Little Bit of Land,” Jessica Gigot explores the intricacies of small-scale agriculture in the Pacific Northwest, the evolving role of women in this traditionally male-dominated industry, and issues of sustainability, economics, and health within our food system. Gigot alternates between sharing the joys and challenges of small farm life and reflecting on her influential experiences outdoors and in classrooms throughout the region—from Ashland in southern Oregon to Washington State’s Skagit Valley. Through her ...
SEA CHANGE: AN ATLAS OF ISLANDS IN A RISING OCEAN
By Christina Gerhardt. University of California Press, 2023.
Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean is a groundbreaking work that invites readers to rethink the challenges faced by low-lying islands amid the devastating impacts of climate change. Christina Gerhardt, a distinguished professor and scholar, masterfully weaves environmental studies, environmental humanities, geography, cartography, and creative nonfiction to reveal the rich histories and cultures of frontline communities, while highlighting diverse actions undertaken to protect and preserve their islands.
Attending to the voices of Indigenous and ...
SYMBIOTIC POSTHUMANIST ECOLOGIES IN WESTERN LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY AND ART: TOWARDS THEORY AND PRACTICE
Edited by Peggy Karpouzou and Nikoleta Zampaki. Peter Lang, 2023.
In “Symbiotic Posthumanist Ecologies in Western Literature, Philosophy, and Art: Towards Theory and Practice,” Karpouzou and Zampaki bring together discussions from the rapidly growing fields of Posthumanities and Environmental Humanities to examine the transformation of human subjectivity, agency, and citizenship as influenced by the intricate relationship among nature, technology, science, and culture.
The editors introduce an innovative interpretation of the ‘symbiotic turn’—the acknowledgment of the numerous interactions and mutual dependencies between humans, non-humans, and their ...
The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing
Edited by Tori Bush and Richard Goodman. University of Florida Press, 2021.
“The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing” is the first collection of environmental writing to explore the rich and diverse ecological tapestry of the Gulf South region. Spanning a century and encompassing the vast stretch from Texas to Florida, this anthology features a wide array of voices that delve into the intricate relationship between people and the region’s ever-evolving ecology.
Editors Tori Bush and Richard Goodman have curated a thoughtful selection of ...
Transparent Mountain: Ecopoetry from the Great Smokies
By Loss Pequeño Glazier. Night Horn Books, 2022.
In “Transparent Mountain: Ecopoetry from the Great Smokies,” Loss Pequeño Glazier (lpglazier.com) intertwines history, ecology, and poetic spirit to celebrate the resilience and enchantment of the Southern Appalachians. This collection of poems stands as a testament to the region’s survival against near-total devastation throughout the twentieth century. It explores the necessity of wilderness for life by raising awareness of our connection to an interdependent world of living things, the most viable strategy to address global climate ...