Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from. This text is one of the first introductory guides to the field of literary ecological criticism. It is the ideal handbook for all students new to the disciplines of literature. Ecocriticism has ratings and 31 reviews. Ariya said: I had been dodging around this book for several months, and able to finish it by the end of the.

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Half the time it felt like reading a bunch of synopses more than a guide to ecocriticism in general and it’s sometimes hard to tell whether he’s explaining someone’s opinion on it or if it’s a more generally accepted method. Gareard did bring me to notice a few things when reading or watching a movie, that I didn’t ecocriticiem and it wasn’t a tough or long read, but I’m not sure it’s really worth anyone’s time. Jun 22, Peter rated it really liked it. Accessible, basic but wide ranging introduction into Ecocritical literary theory.

Lawrence Buell’s The Future of Environmental Criticism covers much of the same material but is a stronger effort.

Ecocrriticism- Literary Criticism – pages. Summary of ecocritical thought; divided in to the following categories: Animals touches on the emergent field of animal studies. Garrarf for telling us about the problem. My one criticism, oddly enough, is that the book offered too many of its own criticisms of differing approaches; only the last few pages were devoted to a positive understanding of Ecocriticism. By reviewing the various orientations that authors, artists, and the general public have held toward nature, we become capable of identifying and discouraging those that are harmful and flawed, and promoting the closest approximations of the good and true.


Concise, clear, and authoritative, Ecocriticism offers the ideal introduction to this crucial subject for students of literary and cultural studies. Ecocriticism Greg Garrard Limited preview – Books by Greg Garrard. This was honestly pretty messy. By ending by identifying environmental justice as key to the future of the field without providing a corresponding chapter on its past, Garrard misses a chance to delve into its already layered history and better garrarv the diversity of texts that twenty-first century ecocritics analyze.

Here’s my crude simplification ecocriticis what this book’s about. There are a lot of literary examples that obscure the more important concepts.

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So many things to consider If it hadn’t been for a college class, I would’ve put it aside after a couple of chapters. This isn’t the kind of book that many can pick up, read once continuously, and hope to extract its undiminished value. Nov 25, Ally rated it really liked it.

I’m not, in general, a huge fan of Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series. The final chapter, futures, ask us to think globally using two frames — globalization and Gaia. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The other orientations are: Published August 24th by Routledge first published January 1st Inspired by a range of ecological movements, ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the ecocrriticism in all areas of cultural production, from Wordsworth and Thoreau to Disney and BBC nature documentaries.

Wordy, as most literary thoery is by necessity, but still readable.


I found it intense; idea follows idea in quick succession so that just when you think you have read something profound yet another profundity follows on its heels. A really helpful intro into eco-theory, ecocriticosm literary and cultural references to illustrate and analyze its various gafrard often contradictory streams of thought.


This is a highly readable, comprehensive introduction to ecocriticism. Jul 12, Liz rated it really liked it. This little book in the literal sense is a comprehensive guide to navigating ecocritical theory.

I would only recommend reading this book if you have the time to dedicate to independently exploring the tropes in concert with the reading, or if you have a very solid grounding in ecological literature. Myth Laurence Coupe No preview available – Greg Garrard’s animated and accessible volume traces the development of the movement and explores its key concepts, including: Jan 19, Lisa rated it really liked it.

This is the first book that I have finished reading on ecocriticism; not being able to understand the main idea of the book was the reason why I was putting off posting a review on it. It is a critical review of the literature, including film, poetry, philosophy, et. Apr 30, Steen Ledet rated it really liked it.

Wilderness and Pastoral are, of course, foundational terms of the field and Garrard manages not only to provide an impressive level of depth with his chapters but add something to ongoing discussions in the field. Feb 21, Anna Hiller rated it it was ok Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search. Account Options Sign in.

I definitely have a better appreciation for the different “faces” of “green” after reading it.