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Postgrowth Imaginaries: New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in Post-2008 Spain

Tova Fleming

By Luis I. Prádanos (Iñaki). Liverpool University Press. 2018

This book brings together environmental cultural studies and postgrowth economics to examine counterhegemonic narratives and radical cultural shifts sparked by the global financial crisis of 2008. A number of critical voices worldwide have emphasized that in the context of a finite biosphere, constant economic growth is a biophysical impossibility. The problem is not a lack of growth but rather the globalization of an economic system addicted to constant growth, which destroys the ecological planetary systems that ...

Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverance in the Ecological Age

Tova Fleming

By Nicole Seymour. University of Minnesota Press. 2018. 

Traces a tradition of ironic and irreverent environmentalism, asking us to rethink the movement’s reputation for gloom and doom.

Nicole Seymour develops the concept of “bad environmentalism”: cultural thought that employs dissident affects and sensibilities to reflect critically on our current moment and on mainstream environmental activism. Funny and original, Bad Environmentalism champions the practice of alternative green politics and expands our understanding of how environmental art and activism can be pleasurable, even in a time of ...

Affective Ecocriticism: Emotion, Embodiment, Environment

Tova Fleming

Edited by Jennifer Ladino and Kyle Bladow. University of Nebraska Press. 2018. 

Jennifer Ladino and Kyle Bladow have published a collection of essays, Affective Ecocriticism: Emotion, Embodiment, Environment, with the University of Nebraska Press. The book compiles fourteen original essays that take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of affect and emotion in regard to a variety of primary texts, including short story collections, films, poetry, curricular programs, and contentious sites such as Canada’s Tar Sands. Co-editors Ladino and Bladow wrote the book’s introduction, ...

Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday

Tova Fleming

By Julia Corbett. University of Nevada Press. 2018.

Have you ever wondered about society’s desire to cultivate the perfect lawn, why we view some animals as “good” and some as “bad,” or even thought about the bits of nature inside everyday items–toothbrushes, cell phones, and coffee mugs? In this fresh and introspective collection of essays, Julia Corbett examines nature in our lives with all of its ironies and contradictions by seamlessly integrating personal narratives with morsels of highly digestible science and research. Each story ...

Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California

Tova Fleming

Edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan. Scarlet Tanager Books, 2018.

“Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan, is not only a beautiful and thorough anthology but an homage to California, its variety of landscapes, and the amazing poetry it has evoked. Like no other collection in its focus, it presents for the reader experiences of life and personal perspectives on the region while also providing an invaluable resource for teachers of creative writing and literature and the ...

Peregrinations

Tova Fleming

By Amy T. Hamilton. University of Nevada Press. 2018. 

Peregrinate: To travel or wander around from place to place.

The land of the United States is defined by vast distances encouraging human movement and migration on a grand scale. Consequently, American stories are filled with descriptions of human bodies walking through the land.

In Peregrinations, Amy T. Hamilton examines stories told by and about Indigenous American, Euroamerican, and Mexican walkers. Walking as a central experience that ties these texts together—never simply a metaphor or allegory—offers storytellers ...

Mayilamma: The Life of a Tribal Eco-warrior

Tova Fleming

By Jothibai Pariyadath. Translators: Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Sreejith Varma. Orient Blackswan. July 2018.

Winner of the 2015 ASLE Translation Grant.

Mayilamma (1940–2007) was an illiterate adivasi woman whose iconic leadership of her community against the unrestrained extraction and pollution of water by Coca-Cola put the nondescript village of Plachimada on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border on the global map of environmental activism.

Mayilamma: Oru Jeevitham maps the rise of eco-activism in Kerala alongside the realities of consumption, globalisation, widening socio-economic inequalities and the rising ecological burdens borne ...

Whispers from the Aural World

Tova Fleming

By Karolyn Redoute. Plain View Press. April 30th, 2018. 

These poems explore listening to the silences, weaving in and out of nature and the psyche. There are images from the ravaged neighborhoods of Detroit, to the landscapes of August moons, the open spaces of raptors and flight,  and the solace of those who ask questions of the ocean.

“Shells, ears, damaged mirrors… the images in Karolyn Redoute’s powerful new book, Whispers from the Aural World, conjure a mysterious emotional landscape that ...

Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields

Tova Fleming

By Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Steven Rubin. Penn State University Press. August, 2018

“Rarely have I read a work that so strongly, profoundly, and empathically characterizes the history of a region through those who have labored hardest to make a decent life in a beautiful yet ravaged land.” —Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Stairway to Heaven

In Shale Play, acclaimed poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf and award-winning documentary photographer Steven Rubin explore the small towns, farms, and forests of Appalachian Pennsylvania to gather the stories ...

The Ecophobia Hypothesis

Tova Fleming

By Simon C. Estok. Routledge. June, 2018. 

Winner of the “Writing in the Humanities Book Award” from the National Research Foundation, Korea.

The Ecophobia Hypothesis grows out of the sense that while the theory of biophilia has productively addressed ideal human affinities with nature, the capacity of “the biophilia hypothesis” as an explanatory model of human/ environment relations is limited. The biophilia hypothesis cannot adequately account for the kinds of things that are going on in the world, things so extraordinary that we are increasingly ...

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