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Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation

Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation

By Serenella Iovino. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.

Winner of the American Association for Italian Studies Book Prize for 2016

Ecocriticism and Italy reads the diverse landscapes of Italy in the cultural imagination. From death in Venice as a literary trope and petrochemical curse, through the volcanoes of Naples to wine, food and environmental violence in Piedmont, Serenella Iovino explores Italy as a text where ecology and imagination meet. Examining texts where justice, society and politics interlace with stories of land ...

Tree Lines

Tree Lines

By Valerie P. Cohen and Michael P. Cohen. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press, 2017.

Tree Lines unites striking ink drawings of high-altitude pine trees with poetic vignettes about how people interact with mountain environments. The drawings and text work together to form a direct artistic encounter with timberline conifers. The husband and wife team of Valerie and Michael Cohen employ a unique process whereby she draws in isolation, gives him her drawings, and he then writes whatever he’s inspired to create. Neither ...

Leaves Surface Like Skin (Poems)

Leaves Surface Like Skin

By Michelle Menting. Terrapin Books: West Caldwell, NJ, 2017.

In Leaves Surface Like Skin, Michelle Menting articulates gorgeous, strange visions of nature inflected by human interference. A forest is interrupted by a graveyard of Bob’s Big Boy statuettes; ruling cockroaches populate a nuclear fall-out film; lichen becomes litter; a horse and farrier practice their choreography, as he “let[s] her lean on him, her hips cocked, almost delicate.” These poems teem with litany, landscape, literal and figurative image; an awareness ...

Veer Ecology

Veer Ecology: A Companion for Environmental Thinking

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lowell Duckert, Editors. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017

Veer Ecology is a groundbreaking guide for the twenty-first century, with the editors asking thirty brilliant thinkers to each propose one verb that stresses the forceful potential of inquiry, weather, biomes, apprehensions, and desires to swerve and sheer. Each term is accompanied by a concise essay contextualizing its meaning in times of resource depletion, environmental degradation, and global climate change.

The words most commonly associated with ...

The War of the Wheels H. G. Wells and the Bicycle

The War of the Wheels  H. G. Wells and the Bicycle

By Jeremy Withers. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2017.

Amid apocalyptic invasions and time travel, one common machine continually appears in H. G. Wells’s works: the bicycle. From his scientific romances and social comedies, to utopias, futurological speculations, and letters, Wells’s texts brim with bicycles.  In The War of the Wheels, Withers examines this mode of transportation as both something that played a significant role in Wells’s personal life and as a literary device for creating ...

Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time

Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time

Edited by Tom Lynch, Susan Naramore Maher, Drucilla Wall, and O. Alan Weltzien. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, November 2017.

In response to the growing scale and complexity of environmental threats, this volume collects articles, essays, personal narratives, and poems by more than forty authors in conversation about “thinking continental”—connecting local and personal landscapes to universal systems and processes—to articulate the concept of a global or planetary citizenship.

Reckoning with the larger matrix of biome, region, continent, hemisphere, ocean, and ...

French Ecocriticism: From the Early Modern Period to the Twenty-First Century

French Ecocriticism: From the Early Modern Period to the Twenty-First Century

Stephanie Posthumus and Daniel Finch-Race, editors. Frankfurt, Peter Lang, Studies in Literature, Culture, and the Environment, 2017.

French Ecocriticism expounds fruitful ways of analysing matters of ecology, environments, nature, and the non-human world in a broad spectrum of material in French. Scholars from Canada, France, Great Britain, Spain, and the United States examine the work of writers and thinkers including Michel de Montaigne, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Arthur Rimbaud, Marguerite Yourcenar, Gilbert Simondon, Michel Serres, Michel Houellebecq, ...

Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene

Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene

Edited by Serpil Oppermann and Serenella Iovino. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, December 2016.

This important volume brings together scientific, cultural, literary, historical, and philosophical perspectives to offer new understandings of the critical issues of our ecological present and new models for the creation of alternative ecological futures.

At a time when the narrative and theoretical threads of the environmental humanities are more entwined than ever with the scientific, ethical, and political challenges of the global ecological crisis, this volume invites us to rethink ...



By JoeAnn Hart.  Ashland, Oregon: Ashland Creek Press, 2013.

Float is a wry tale of financial desperation, conceptual art, insanity, infertility, seagulls, marital crisis, jellyfish, organized crime, and the plight of a plastic-filled ocean. JoeAnn Hart’s novel takes a smart, satirical look at family, the environment, and life in a hardscrabble seaside town in Maine.

When Duncan Leland looks down at the garbage-strewn beach beneath his office window, he sees the words God Help Us scrawled in the sand. While it seems a fitting message—not ...

Crossing the Waves of Ecocriticism: Living during the Anthropocene (Japanese)

Crossing the Waves of Ecocriticism: Living during the Anthropocene (written in Japanese)

Edited by Hiroshi Shiota, Kyoko Matsunaga, Chiaki Asai, Shoko Itoh, Misa Ono, Katumi Kamioka and Keiko Fujie.  Tokyo: Otowashobo-Tsurumishoten, 2017. Featuring contributions by Scott Slovic, Takayuki Tatsumi and 25 contributions.

Sections on: “The Sources of Ecocriticism: Dissection and Deprivaton of Landscape,” “The Modern Evolution of Ecocriticism: Stories from the Periphery,””Science Fiction and the Posthuman: Beyond the Boundaries,” “Literature of the Nuclear Age: Apocalypse, Survivance, and Identity.”