The ISLE Reader
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Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in
Pub Date: 07/22/2003
List Price: $34.95
The ISLE Reader
This volume gathers nineteen of the most representative and defining essays from the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment over the course of its first ten years.
Following an introduction that traces the stages of ecocriticism's development, The ISLE Reader is organized into three sections, each of which reflects one of the general goals the journal has sought to accomplish. The section titled "Re-evaluations" provides new readings of familiar environmental writers and new environmental perspectives on authors or literary traditions not usually considered from a green perspective. The writings in "Reaching Out to Other Disciplines" promote cross-pollination among various disciplines and methodologies in the environmental arts and humanities. The writings in the final section, "New Theoretical and Practical Paradigms," are especially significant for the conceptual and methodological terrain they map.
The ISLE Reader documents the state of research in ecocriticism and related interdisciplinary fields, provides a survey of the field, and points to new methodologies and possibilities for the future.
Every new literary movement needs its journal. We have needed ISLE to show us what we might do, where we might go, whom we might learn from, debate with, or perhaps even overleap.
—Terry Gifford, Reader in Literature and Environment, University of Leeds, U.K.
This volume is a true celebration of the first decade of ISLE and will make a valuable contribution to the ongoing project of the ‘greening’ of literary and cultural studies.
—Kate Rigby, Monash University
Branch and Slovic are entirely right that a 'journal is a substantial written record of the progress of a community of thinkers.' This tenth anniversary anthology is a testimony to the quality of ISLE, to those who've sown the weeds of ecocriticism.
If ecocriticism has become a household word in academe, as I believe it has, the credit mostly goes to ASLE and its journal. . . . a solid, deservedly celebratory book that ISLE readers will want to know.
—Western American Literature
Ursula K. Heise