Affective Ecocriticism: Emotion, Embodiment, Environment

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

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, “Toward an Affective Ecocriticism: Placing Feeling in the Anthropocene.” The collaborative project grew out of a panel at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference, hosted in Moscow, Idaho in 2015. Reviewers are calling it a “field-changing” book for the environmental humanities.

Contributions by ASLE members make up nearly 75% of this collection.

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Table of Contents

Toward an Affective Ecocriticism: Placing Feeling in the Anthropocene
by Kyle Bladow and Jennifer Ladino

Part 1. Theoretical Foundations
1. “what do we do but keep breathing as best we can this / minute atmosphere”: Juliana Spahr and Anthropocene Anxiety, by Nicole M. Merola
2. From Nostalgic Longing to Solastalgic Distress: A Cognitive Approach to Love in the Anthropocene, by Alexa Weik von Mossner
3. A New Gentleness: Affective Ficto-Regionality, by Neil Campbell

Part 2. Affective Attachments: Land, Bodies, Justice
4. Feeling the Fires of Climate Change: Land Affect in Canada’s Tar Sands, by Jobb Arnold
5. Wendell Berry and the Affective Turn, by William Major
6. A Hunger for Words: Food Affects and Embodied Ideology, by Tom Hertweck
7. Uncanny Homesickness and War: Loss of Affect, Loss of Place, and Reworlding in Redeployment, by Ryan Hediger

Part 3. Animality: Feeling Species and Boundaries
8. Desiring Species with Darwin and Freud, by Robert Azzarello
9. Tragedy, Ecophobia, and Animality in the Anthropocene, by Brian Deyo
10. Futurity without Optimism: Detaching from Anthropocentrism and Grieving Our Fathers in Beasts of the Southern Wild, by Allyse Knox-Russell

Part 4. Environmentalist Killjoys: Politics and Pedagogy
11. The Queerness of Environmental Affect, by Nicole Seymour
12. Feeling Let Down: Affect, Environmentalism, and the Power of Negative Thinking, by Lisa Ottum
13. Feeling Depleted: Ecocinema and the Atmospherics of Affect, by Graig Uhlin
14. Coming of Age at the End of the World: The Affective Arc of Undergraduate Environmental Studies Curricula, by Sarah Jaquette Ray