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A Global History of Literature and the Environment

Parham, John and Westling, L. (2016) A Global History of Literature and the Environment. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN Online 9781316212578 Hardback 9781107102620

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An international group of scholars illustrate the immense riches of environmental writing from the earliest literary periods down to the present. It addresses ancient writings about human/animal/plant relations from India, classical Greece, Chinese and Japanese literature, the Maya Popol Vuh, Islamic texts, medieval European works, eighteenth-century and Romantic ecologies, colonial/postcolonial environmental interrelations, responses to industrialization, and the emerging literatures of the world in the present Anthropocene moment. Essays range from Trinidad to New Zealand, Estonia to Brazil. Discussion of these texts indicates a variety of ways environmental criticism can fruitfully engage literary works and cultures from every continent and every historical period. This is a uniquely varied and rich international history of environmental writing from ancient Mesopotamian and Asian works to the present. It provides a compelling account of a topic that is crucial to twenty-first-century global literary studies.

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DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781316212578

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: literary studies, literary theory, global literature, environment
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: John Parham
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2019 09:04
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2020 09:52

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