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Dirt: A Love Story

Dirt: A Love Story 

Edited by Barbara Richardson. ForeEdge (University Press of New England): Lebanon, NH, 2015.

Thirty-six artists, scientists, and renowned writers go wild about the virtues, pleasure, and importance of dirt! 

Community farms. Mud spas. Mineral paints. Nematodes. The world is waking up to the beauty and mystery of dirt. This anthology celebrates the Earth’s generous crust, bringing together essays by award-winning scientists, authors, artists, and dirt lovers to tell dirt’s exuberant tales.

Geographically broad and topically diverse, these essays reveal life as lived by dirt ...

Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire

Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire

Edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lowell Duckert. University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, 2015. 

Decentering the human, the essays collected in Elemental Ecocriticism provide important correctives to the idea of the material world as mere resource. A renewed intimacy with the elemental holds the potential for a more dynamic environmental ethics and the possibility of a reinvigorated materialism.

Overwinter

Overwinter

By Jeremy Pataky. University of Alaska Press: Fairbanks, 2015.

A debut collection from an exciting new voice in Alaska poetry, Overwinter reconciles the natural quiet of wilderness with the clamor of built environments. Pataky’s migration between Anchorage and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park inspires these poems that connect urban to rural. This duality permeates Overwinter. Moments are at turns fevered or serene. The familial and romantic are measured against the wildness of the far north. Empty spaces bring both solace and loneliness in full. Past ...

Keywords for Environmental Studies

Keywords for Environmental Studies

Edited by Joni Adamson, William A. Gleason, and David N. Pellow.  NYU Press: New York, February 2016.

Understandings of “nature” have expanded and changed, but the word has not lost importance at any level of discourse: it continues to hold a key place in conversations surrounding thought, ethics, and aesthetics. Nowhere is this more evident than in the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies.

Keywords for Environmental Studies analyzes the central terms and debates currently structuring the most exciting research in and across ...

Working on Earth: Class and Environmental Justice

Working on Earth: Class and Environmental Justice 

Edited by Christina Robertson and Jennifer Westerman. University of Nevada Press: Reno, 2015

Working on Earth is a collection of essays examines the relationship between environmental injustice and the exploitation of working-class people. Twelve scholars from the fields of environmental humanities and the humanistic social sciences explore the connections between the current and unprecedented rise of environmental degradation, economic inequality, and wide-spread social injustice in the United States and Canada. The authors challenge prevailing cultural narratives that ...

The Anthropocene Lyric

The Anthropocene Lyric: An Affective Geography of Poetry, Person, Place

By Tom Bristow.  Palgrave Pivot: Basingstoke, UK, 2015

The Anthropocene Lyric is an interdisciplinary extension to studies of space and place. Responding to the cultural and environmental crises the term ‘Anthropocene’ shoulders, the book’s purpose is to pose a single question: how to rethink our place on this planet through poetry. Tom Bristow takes the work of three contemporary poets—John Burnside, John Kinsella and Alice Oswald—to reveal how an environmental poetics of place is of significant ...

Ecomedia: Key Issues

Ecomedia: Key Issues

Edited by Steve Rust, Salma Monani and Sean Cubitt. Routledge: London, 2015

Ecomedia: Key Issues is a comprehensive textbook introducing the burgeoning field of ecomedia studies to ecomedia coverprovide an overview of the interface between environmental issues and the media globally. Linking the world of media production, distribution, and consumption to environmental understandings, the book addresses ecological meanings encoded in media texts, the environmental impacts of media production, and the relationships between media and cultural perceptions of the environment.

Each chapter introduces a ...

Energy in Literature

Energy in Literature: Essays on Energy and Its Social and Environmental Implications in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Texts Edited by Paula Anca Farca, Colorado School of Mines. TrueHeart Press: Oxford, UK, 2015. How are sources of energy presented in modern and contemporary literary texts? Energy in Literature shows the connections in twentieth and twenty-first century literary texts between energy, society, and environment. The edited volume includes a substantial introduction, poems on energy, eighteen critical essays from international contributors, and a photo essay. The book explores ...