The Essential Reader
Edited by Ken Hiltner
Routledge – 2015 – 480 pages
Series: Routledge Literature Readers
Ecocriticism: The Essential Reader charts the growth of this important field. The first-wave ecocriticism section focuses on key readings from the 1960s to the 1990s. The second-wave ecocriticism section goes on to consider a range of exciting contemporary trends, including environmental justice, aesthetics and philosophy, and globalization.
Readings include the work of:
Containing seminal, representative, and contemporary work in the field, this volume and the editorial commentary is designed for use on both undergraduate and postgraduate ecocritical literature courses.
Introduction Part 1: First-Wave Ecocriticism (1960s and 1970s) Chapter 1. The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America, Leo Marx Chapter 2. The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution, Carolyn Merchant Chapter 3. The Country & the City, Raymond Williams Chapter 4. The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis, Lynn White Jr. Chapter 5. Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticism, William Rueckert (1980s) Chapter 6. The Place, the Region, and the Commons, Gary Snyder Chapter 7. The End of Nature, Bill McKibben Chpater 8. The Deep Ecological Movement, Arne Naess Chapter 9. Ecology and Man - A Viewpoint, Paul Shepard (1990s) Chapter 10. Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition, Jonathan Bate Chapter 11. The Environmental Imagination, Lawrence Buell Chapter 12. The Trouble with Wilderness, William Cronon Chapter 13. Introduction to The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology, Cheryll Glotfelty Part 2: Second-Wave Ecocriticism (Environmental Justice) Chapter 14. Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality, Robert Bullard Chapter 15. Introduction to Material Feminisms, Stacy Alaimo and Susan Heckman Chapter 16. Introduction to Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire, Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands & Bruce Erickson Chpater 17. Introduction to The Environmental Justice Reader, Joni Adamson, Mei Mei Evans and Rachel Stein Chapter 18. The Environmentalism of the Poor, Juan Martinez-Alier (Globalization) Chapter 19. Introduction to Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Literature, Animals, Environment, Helen Tiffin and Graham Huggan Chapter 20. Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Development, David Harvey Chapter 21. Local Rock and Global Plastic, Ursula Heise Chapter 22. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, Anna Tsing Chapter 23. Environmentalism and Postcolonialism, Rob Nixon (Aesthetics and Philosophy) Chapter 24. Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics, Timothy Morton Chapter 25. Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy, Bruno Latour Chapter 26. Introduction to The Nature of Environmental Philosophy, Bruce V. Foltz and Robert Frodeman Chapter 27. The Truth of Ecology: Nature, Culture, and Literature in America, Dana Philips Chapter 28. What Is Nature?: Culture, Politics and the Non-Human, Kate Soper (Earlier Periods) Chapter 29. Strange Beauty: Ecocritical Approaches to Early Medieval Landscape, Alfred Siewers Chapter 30. Back to Nature: The Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance, Robert N. Watson Chapter 31. Green Shakespeare: From Ecopolitics to Ecocriticism, Gabriel Egan Chapter 32. Introduction to Colonizing Nature: The Tropics in British Arts and Letters, 1760-1820, Beth Tobin Chapter 33. Attention and the Values of Nature in the Enlightenment, Lorraine Daston (The Future of Ecocriticism) Chapter 34. The Future of Environmental Criticism, Lawrence Buell Chapter 35. A New Theory for American Poetry: Democracy, the Environment, & the Future of Imagination, Angus Fletcher Chapter 36. Before the Law: Animals in a Biopolitical Context, Cary Wolfe Chapter 37. The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, Ursula K. LeGuin Chapter 38. The Climate of History: Four Theses, Dipesh Chakrabarty Chapter 39. Writing After Nature, Kate Rigby Chapter 40. The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism, and Environment, Richard Lewontin
Ken Hiltner is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was the inaugural Director of the Literature and the Environment Initiative from 2007-11.