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Italo Calvino’s Animals: Anthropocene Stories

By Serenella Iovino. Cambridge Elements, 2021.

Are chickens going extinct? What is it like to be a white gorilla in Barcelona’s zoo? How threatening can be an ant? Italo Calvino’s Animals: Anthropocene Stories by Serenella Iovino has just been published by Cambridge UP. Free access available until 10 September using this link.

Italo Calvino’s Animals explores Anthropocene animals through the visionary eyes of a classic modern author. In Calvino’s stories, ants, cats, chickens, rabbits, gorillas, and other critters emerge as complex subjects and inhabitants of ...

The Marvels of the World: An Anthology of Nature Writing Before 1700

Christy Tidwell

Edited by Rebecca Bushnell. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021. 

Long before the Romantics embraced nature, people in the West saw the human and nonhuman worlds as both intimately interdependent and violently antagonistic. With its peerless selection of ninety-eight original sources concerned with the natural world and humankind’s place within it, The Marvels of the World offers a corrective to the still-prevalent tendency to dismiss premodern attitudes toward nature as simple or univocal.

Gathering together medical texts, herbals, and how-to books, as well as scientific, religious, philosophical, and ...

Fear and Nature: Ecohorror Studies in the Anthropocene

Christy Tidwell

Edited by Christy Tidwell and Carter Soles. The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2021. 

Ecohorror represents human fears about the natural world—killer plants and animals, catastrophic weather events, and disquieting encounters with the nonhuman. Its portrayals of animals, the environment, and even scientists build on popular conceptions of zoology, ecology, and the scientific process. As such, ecohorror is a genre uniquely situated to address life, art, and the dangers of scientific knowledge in the Anthropocene.

Featuring new readings of the genre, Fear and Nature brings ecohorror texts and ...

Between River & Street

Christy Tidwell

By Scott T. Starbuck. MoonPath Press, 2021. 

I’m grateful to MoonPath Press in Oregon for publishing my new book documenting vanishing Pacific Northwest salmon culture. Previously I posted about this from a historical perspective, and this book continues that theme, except it is based on people I met, places I fished, and climate emergency we are experiencing.

On April 29, 2021, apnews.com reported, “California officials will again truck [‘more than 16.8 million’] young salmon raised at fish hatcheries in the state’s Central Valley agricultural region to the Pacific Ocean ...

Lost Mountain

Christy Tidwell

By Anne Coray. West Margin Press, 2021.

The searing debut novel of poet and writer Anne Coray, Lost Mountain is an impassioned story of love, loss, environment, and politics against a landscape facing threat of destruction.

When news of an open-pit mining project hits the remote Alaskan hometown of Whetstone Cove, young widow Dehlia Melven barely takes in the town’s nervous chatter. The Ziggurat corporation promises the mine will be fifteen times larger than all the mines in Alaska combined, but Dehlia’s thoughts are consumed by ...

Climate and American Literature

Edited by Michael Boyden. Cambridge University Press, February 2021.

Climate has infused the literary history of the United States, from the writings of explorers and conquerors, over early national celebrations of the American climate, to the flowering of romantic nature writing. This volume traces this complex semantic history in American thought and literature to examine rhetorical and philosophical discourses that continue to propel and constrain American climate perceptions today. It explores how American literature from its inception up until the present engages with the ...

Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture: Biology and the Bildungsroman

Christy Tidwell

By Helena Feder. Routledge, 2014. 

Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture: Biology and the Bildungsroman draws on work by Kinji Imanishi, Frans de Waal, and other biologists to create an interdisciplinary, materialist notion of culture for ecocritical analysis. In this timely intervention, Feder examines the humanist idea of culture by taking a fresh look at the stories it explicitly tells about itself. These stories fall into the genre of the Bildungsroman, the tale of individual acculturation that participates in the myth of its complete ...

Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place

Christy Tidwell

By Lucille Lang Day. Blue Light Press, 2020. 

“The seventy-four poems in Lucille Lang Day’s Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place take the reader on a journey across continents, seas, and time itself. Charged with a lyricism that is at the same time tough and vulnerable, they recreate and preserve images of a beauty that is on the verge of disappearing or has already disappeared. Sometimes it is the beauty of the rain forests of Costa Rica or the birds of the Galápagos ...

Luz at Midnight

Christy Tidwell

By Marisol Cortez. FlowerSong Press, 2020. 

Deeply embedded in the landscapes of South Texas, Luz at Midnight tells the story of an ill-timed love that unfolds in the time of climate change. Booksmart but naive, Citlali Sanchez-O’Connor has just been hired to organize a San Antonio campaign against “gleaning,” a controversial new mining practice that promises a rapid transition away from fossil fuels. In the process, she soon encounters Joel Champlain, a journalist struggling to hide his manic-depression he uncovers the corrupt politics that surround ...

Through the Second Skin

Christy Tidwell

By Derek Sheffield. Orchises Press, 2013. 

Through the Second Skin, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, the Walt Whitman Award, and the Emily Dickinson First Book Award, offers us lyric poems set in the author’s native Northwest. Written over the course of a decade, Derek Sheffield’s first collection is the work of a mature artist assured in his craft and at home in a variety of forms. It is the poetry of the human, middle ground, of distances approached but ...

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