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Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene: Environmental Perspectives on Life in Singapore

Edited by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson. Ethos Books, June 2020.

The first environmental humanities book about Singapore, Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene examines the ways that Singaporean life and culture is deeply entangled with the nonhuman lives that flourish in the small island city-state. From chilli crab to Tiger Beer, Changi Airport to Pulau Semakau, these essays offer new perspectives on familiar Singaporean subjects, bringing an environmental humanities lens to the study of Singapore in ground-breaking ways—such as a chapter on Malay orang minyak films ...

Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange

Christy Tidwell

By Tess Taylor. Museum of Modern Art, 2020. 

In Last West, Tess Taylor follows Dorothea Lange’s 1935-1942 paths across California, journeys on which Lange photographed migrant laborers, carrot pickers, dust bowl refugees, tent camps, and the painful realities of Japanese internment. Taylor’s hybrid texts collage lyric and oral histories against Lange’s own journals and notebook fragments, framing the ways the social and ecological injustices of the past rhyme eerily with those of the present. The result is a stunning meditation on movement, landscape, and ...

Rift Zone

Christy Tidwell

By Tess Taylor. Red Hen Press, 2020. 

Rift Zone, Tess Taylor’s fourth book of poems, traces literal and metaphoric fault lines—rifts between past and present; childhood and adulthood; what is and what was. Circling Taylor’s hometown—an ordinary California suburb lying along the Hayward fault—these poems unearth strata that include a Spanish landgrant; a bloody land grab; gun violence; valley girls, stripmalls; redwood trees and the painful history of Japanese internment.

Taylor’s ambitious and masterful poems read her home state’s historic violence against our world’s current unsteadinesses—mass eviction; housing crises; deportation; inequality. They also ponder what ...

Gendered Ecologies: New Materialist Interpretations of Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century

Christy Tidwell

Edited by Dewey W. Hall and Jillmarie Murphy. Clemson University Press, 2020. 

Gendered Ecologies: New Materialist Interpretations of Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century considers the value of interrelationships that exist among human, nonhuman species, and inanimate objects as part of the environment in the work of a diversity of nineteenth-century female writers. The collection engages with current paradigms of thought influencing the field of ecocriticism and, more specifically, ecofeminism. Various theories are featured, informing interpretation of literary and non-literary material, which include ...

Nature’s Broken Clocks: Reimagining Time in the Face of Environmental Crisis

Christy Tidwell

By Paul Huebener. University of Regina Press, 2020.

Nature’s Broken Clocks examines how cultural narratives of time are intimately connected to the challenges and disruptions of ecological time.

The environmental crisis is, in many ways, a crisis of time. From the distress cries of birds that no longer know when to migrate, to the rapid dying of coral reefs, to the quickening pace of extreme weather events, the patterns and timekeeping of the natural world are falling apart. We have broken nature’s clocks.

Lying hidden at ...

Infowhelm: Environmental Art and Literature in an Age of Data

Christy Tidwell

By Heather Houser. Columbia University Press, 2020. 

How do artists and writers engage with environmental knowledge in the face of overwhelming information about catastrophe? What kinds of knowledge do the arts produce when addressing climate change, extinction, and other environmental emergencies? What happens to scientific data when it becomes art? In Infowhelm, Heather Houser explores the ways contemporary art manages environmental knowledge in an age of climate crisis and information overload.

Houser argues that the infowhelm—a state of abundant yet contested scientific information—is an unexpectedly ...

The American Adrenaline Narrative

Christy Tidwell

By Kristin J. Jacobson. University of Georgia Press, 2020.

The American Adrenaline Narrative considers the nature of perilous outdoor adventure tales, their gendered biases, and how they simultaneously promote and hinder ecological sustainability. To explore these themes, Kristin J. Jacobson defines and compares adrenaline narratives by a range of American authors published after the first Earth Day in 1970, a time frame selected as a watershed moment for the contemporary American environmental movement. The forty-plus years since that day also mark the rise in the ...

Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy

Edited by Simmons Buntin, Elizabeth Dodd, and Derek Sheffield, featuring contributions by many ASLE members. Trinity University Press, 2020.

During a time when our nation is at a crossroads where politics and perspectives are colliding at mach speed, Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy (April 22, Trinity University Press), is an eclectic anthology of 130+ passionate letters to America, encouraging Americans to come to a common resolution about the environment and social justice through words of literature and art.

Since the 2016 ...

The Forest and the EcoGothic: The Deep Dark Woods in the Popular Imagination

Christy Tidwell

By Elizabeth Parker. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. 

The Forest and the EcoGothic offers the first full length study on the pervasive archetype of The Gothic Forest in Western culture. The idea of the forest as deep, dark, and dangerous has an extensive history and continues to resonate throughout contemporary popular culture. The Forest and the EcoGothic examines both why we fear the forest and how exactly these fears manifest in our stories. It draws on and furthers the nascent field of the ecoGothic, which seeks to explore the ...

Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction: Narrative in an Era of Loss

Christy Tidwell

Edited by Jonathan Elmore. Lexington Books, 2020.

Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction is one of the first works to focus specifically on fiction’s engagements with human driven extinction. Drawing together a diverse group of scholars and approaches, this volume pairs established voices in the field with emerging scholars and traditionally recognized climate fiction (‘cli-fi’) with texts and media typically not associated with Anthropocene fictions. The result is a volume that both engages with and furthers existing work on Anthropocene fiction as well as laying ...