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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.”


pH: A Novel

pH: A Novel

By Nancy Lord. Alaska Northwest Books, Sept. 2017.

When marine biologist Ray Berringer and his student crew embark on an oceanographic cruise in the Gulf of Alaska, the waters are troubled in more ways than one. Ray’s co-leader, the famed chemist Jackson Oakley, is abandoning ship just as the ocean’s decreasing pH levels are becoming a major concern for marine life. Helen, a grad student of Iñupiat (Eskimo) heritage, is suddenly left in charge of the cruise’s chemistry work. Annabel, an environmental ...


German Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene

Edited by Caroline Schaumann and Heather I. Sullivan. Palgrave Macmillan US: New York, 2017.

Featuring contributions by: Schaumann and Sullivan, Ursula Heise, Simon Richter, Alexander Phillips, Bernhard Malkmus, Kate Rigby, Evi Zemanek, Sabine Wilke and Cora L. Wilke-Gray, Christoph Weber, Sean Ireton, Brad Prager, Katharina Gerstenberger, Jason Groves, Axel Goodbody, and Gabriele Dürbeck.

Sections on: ​”The Anthropocene and the Challenge of Cultural Difference,” “Ecological Systems and Place in the Anthropocene,” “Vibrant Matter: Rocks, Mines, Air, and Food,” “Catastrophe, Crisis, and Cultural Exploitation, ...

For All Waters: Finding Ourselves in Early Modern Wetscapes

For All Waters: Finding Ourselves in Early Modern Wetscapes

By Lowell Duckert. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Recent years have witnessed a surge in early modern ecostudies, many devoted to Shakespearean drama. Yet in this burgeoning discipline, travel writing appears moored in historicization, inorganic subjects are far less prevalent than organic ones, and freshwater sites are hardly visited. For All Waters explores these uncharted wetscapes.

Lowell Duckert shows that when playwrights and travel writers such as Sir Walter Raleigh physically interacted with rivers, glaciers, monsoons, ...

Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird

Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird

By Katie Fallon. UPNE: Lebanon, NH, 2017

Perfectly adapted to its place in nature, the vulture retains its bad reputation. But is it deserved?

Turkey vultures, the most widely distributed and abundant scavenging birds of prey on the planet, are found from central Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, and nearly everywhere in between. In the United States we sometimes call them buzzards; in parts of Mexico the name is aura cabecirroja, in Uruguay jote cabeza colorada, ...