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Ecocritical explorations in literary and cultural studies : fences, boundaries, and fields

Author: Patrick D Murphy
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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"In Ecocritical Explorations, Patrick D. Murphy explores environmental literature and environmental cultural issues through both theoretical and applied criticism. He engages with the concepts of referentiality, simplicity, the nation state, and virtual reality in the first section of the book, and then goes on to interrogate these issues in contemporary environmental literature, both American and international. He  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick D Murphy
ISBN: 9780739131749 0739131745 9780739131756 0739131753
OCLC Number: 703875160
Description: xi, 217 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The four elements and the recovery of referentiality in ecocriticism --
pt. I: Climbing through conceptual fences. The complexity of simplicity ; Difference and responsibility in literary alternatives to the nation-state ; Paradise or a pair of dice : contradictions and contingencies in real and virtual terrains for tomorrow's college students ; Toward transnational ecocritical theory : the example of Hwa Yol Jung --
pt. II: Surveying the boundaries of genre. Nature in the contemporary American novel ; The non-alibi of alien scapes : science fiction and ecocriticism ; The non-alibi of pragmatic utopianism and wild variability, or, Optimistic variations on a science fiction theme ; Mysteries of nature and environmental justice --
pt. III: Culturally crossing the field. Nature-nurturing fathers in a world beyond our control ; Scenarios of disaster : crying wolf, scaring away the elephants, and heading 'em off at the pass ; Hurricanes and hubris : American responses in literature and culture to natural weather extremes and their human-driven intensifications ; Ranging widely in the classroom.
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"In Ecocritical Explorations, Patrick D. Murphy explores environmental literature and environmental cultural issues through both theoretical and applied criticism. He engages with the concepts of referentiality, simplicity, the nation state, and virtual reality in the first section of the book, and then goes on to interrogate these issues in contemporary environmental literature, both American and international. He concludes his argument with a discussion of the larger frames of family dynamics and un-natural disasters, such as hurricanes and global warming, ending with a chapter on the integration of scholarship and pedagogy in the classroom, with reference to his own teaching experiences. Murphy's study provides a wide ranging discussion of contemporary literature and cultural phenomena through the lens of ecological literary criticism, giving attention to both theoretical issues and applied critiques. In particular, he looks at popular literary genres, such as mystery and science fiction, as well as actual disasters and disaster scenarios. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies is a timely contribution to ecological literary criticism and an insightful look into how we represent our relationship with the environment."--Back cover.

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