Coming into Contact

Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice

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Pages: 288

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 02/15/2007

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2886-7

List Price: $32.95

Coming into Contact

Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice

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A snapshot of ecocriticism in action, Coming into Contact collects sixteen previously unpublished essays that explore some of the most promising new directions in the study of literature and the environment. They look to previously unexamined or underexamined aspects of literature's relationship to the environment, including swamps, internment camps, Asian American environments, the urbanized Northeast, and lynching sites. The authors relate environmental discourse to practice, including the teaching of green design in composition classes, the restoration of damaged landscapes, the persuasive strategies of environmental activists, the practice of urban architecture, and the impact of human technologies on nature.

The essays also put ecocriticism into greater contact with the natural sciences, including elements of evolutionary biology, biological taxonomy, and geology. Engaging both ecocritical theory and practice, these authors more closely align ecocriticism with the physical environment, with the wide range of texts and cultural practices that concern it, and with the growing scholarly conversation that surrounds this concern.

This exciting new collection of cutting-edge ecocritical essays is rich with diligent scholarship and passionate social commentary. These essays show the continuing vibrancy, good humor, analytical acuity, and activist commitment that have always characterized this field, while adding new theoretical subtlety.

—Scott Slovic, University of Nevada, Reno

Coming into Contact plays at the rich, diverse, productive edges of ecocritical theory and praxis as it effectively opens the field of literature-and-environment studies to dynamic new approaches and international literatures. Contributors to the volume map multicultural literatures from India to Japan to America and chart previously unexamined places including swamps, internment camps, and sites of cultural displacement. Readers, writers and scholars will find ground-shifting new discussions of the precautionary principle, ecological restoration, global biosurveillance, biological taxonomy, geology and evolutionary biology right alongside compelling explication of how we might use the concept of recycling in the composition classroom and why songs about lynching in the segregated South will forever alter our understanding of pastoral theory. These essays boldly and assuredly take their place among those included in The Ecocriticism Reader and Beyond Nature Writing as they afford readers, writers, and scholars a deeper understanding of the contributions ecocriticism has made and is making to disciplines both inside and outside the humanities.

—Joni Adamson, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus

One of the delights of [Coming into Contact] introduces readers to a delicious smorgasbord of texts well beyond the canonical environmental writings.


Bruce Allen

James Barilla

Michael Cohen

Tina Gianquitto

Robert T. Hayashi

Tim Lindgren

Anthony Lioi

Daniel Martin

David Mazel

Onno Oerlemans

Amy Patrick

Lee Schweninger

Angela Waldie

Jeff Walker

Laura Dassow Walls

Jennifer Wheat

About the Author/Editor

Annie Merrill Ingram (Editor)
ANNIE MERRILL INGRAM is an associate professor of English at Davidson College and former director of its Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Ian Marshall (Editor)
IAN MARSHALL is professor of English and environmental studies at Penn State Altoona. He is the author, most recently, of Peak Experiences: Walking Meditations on Literature, Nature, and Need and the coeditor of Coming into Contact: Essays in Ecocritical Theory and Practice (Georgia).

Daniel J. Philippon (Editor)
DANIEL J. PHILIPPON is an associate professor of rhetoric at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he is also director of the Program in Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Ethics. He is editor of a critical edition of Mabel Osgood Wright's The Friendship of Nature and coeditor of the anthology The Height of Our Mountains.

Adam W. Sweeting (Editor)
ADAM W. SWEETING, the author of Beneath the Second Sun and Reading Houses and Building Books, is an associate professor of humanities at Boston University, College of General Studies.