The ISLE Reader
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The ISLE Reader

Ecocriticism, 1993-2003

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Pages: 378

Illustrations: 9 b&w photos

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 07/22/2003

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2517-0

List Price: $36.95

The ISLE Reader

Ecocriticism, 1993-2003

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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

Andrew Furman

Carol Cantrell

Cheryl Lousley

Gordon Sayre

Gretchen Legler

Harold Fromm

Ian Marshall

John Tallmadge

Katsunori Yamazato

Lisa Lebduska

Michael Bennett

Nandita Batra

Niall Binns

Patrick Murphy

Paul Lindholdt

R. Grumbine

Randall Roorda

Robert Kern

Scott MacDonald

Ursula K. Heise

About the Author/Editor

Michael P. Branch (Editor)
MICHAEL P. BRANCH, associate professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, is cofounder and past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and book review editor of the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. The author of numerous articles and reviews, he is also editor of John Muir's Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa and co-editor of The Height of Our Mountains: Nature Writing from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley, Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and Environment, and The ISLE Reader (Georgia).

Scott Slovic (Editor)
SCOTT SLOVIC is a professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. His many books include Getting over the Color Green and Seeking Awareness in American Nature Writing.