Literature, Animals, Environment
Published November 25th 2009 by Routledge – 250 pages
In Postcolonial Ecocriticism, Graham Huggan and Helen Tiffin examine relationships between humans, animals and the environment in postcolonial texts. Divided into two sections that consider the postcolonial first from an environmental and then a zoocritical perspective, the book looks at:
Making use of the work of authors as diverse as J.M. Coetzee, Joseph Conrad, Daniel Defoe, Jamaica Kincaid and V.S. Naipaul, the authors argue that human liberation will never be fully achieved without challenging how human societies have constructed themselves in hierarchical relation to other human and nonhuman communities, and without imagining new ways in which these ecologically connected groupings can be creatively transformed.
"This volume will be required reading for anyone interested in the debate about the literary in the era of environmental apocalypse."
- American Book Review
"This book--the critical meeting of the methods of ecocriticism and postcolonialism--is long overdue. Essential."
'By grounding issues of representation in issues of environmental activism, Huggan and Tiffin remind ecocritics of the importance of this type of work. In this sense, their book makes an important contribution to ecocriticism in its steps to internationalise the field while also creating space for literary analysis within environmental activism around the world.' - Green Letters
Introduction 1. Development 2. Entitlement Postscript: After Nature