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Greg Garrard

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15. Juli 2011 New Critical Idiom
Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from Wordsworth and Thoreau through to Google Earth, J.M. Coetzee and Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man. Greg Garrard's animated and accessible volume traces the development of the movement and explores its key concepts, including: pollution wilderness apocalypse dwelling animals earth. Featuring a newly rewritten chapter on animal studies, and considering queer and postcolonial ecocriticism and the impact of globalisation, this fully updated second edition also presents a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading in print and online. Concise, clear, and authoritative, Ecocriticism offers the ideal introduction to this crucial subject for students of literary and cultural studies.

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"Advanced undergraduates and graduate students would do well to study it... [A] minor miracle of synthesis and exposition." - ISLE


Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from Wordsworth and Thoreau to Disney and BBC nature documentaries. Greg Garrard traces the development of the movement and explores the concepts which have most occupied ecocritics, including: pollution wilderness apocalypse dwelling animals the earth. With a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading, this is an invaluable introduction to one of the most exciting recent developments in literary and cultural studies. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great resource 12. Dezember 2007
Von Robert E. Livingston - Veröffentlicht auf
This is one of the best New Critical Idiom titles: well-organized, clearly written, balanced and thoughtful, both comprehensive and comprehensible. If you need an introduction to the field of ecocriticism, this is the best place to start.

Contrary to what the previous reviewer claims, the book has well-informed discussions of both Christianity (in a chapter on Apocalypse, where he contrasts millenialist visions of the end of the world with Augustine's "comic" (i.e. unpredictable) eschatology) and of various eco-feminist and deep-ecological ideas of the Great Mother. Garrard is a generous reader, but does not hesitate to point out excesses and contradictions. His distinction between "problems in ecology" (which call for scientific analysis) and "ecological problems" (requiring social and cultural understanding) is worth the price of the book.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting viewpoints 1. September 2013
Von Charles Grimm - Veröffentlicht auf
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This was a required text for a class I am taking on "The Ecological Chaucer," and at first I was very skeptical. I'm not claiming to be any type of expert, but the ideas in this book are engaging and timely for our Green-movement-obsessed generation. The application of this critique to other texts, especially classical texts, has been very informative and allows a new engagement with authors about whom much is already written.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Handy Guide to to the Field of Ecocriticism 6. Juni 2013
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To write a book that claims to give an account of a field and its terminology is inevitably to expose oneself to criticism. Why does Garrard write about this and not that? Does this particular argument really deserve the airtime it gets? I imagine we could go on like this forever, because the boundaries of ecocriticism are often contested, and some people who could be said to do ecocriticism don't call themselves ecocritics. There were some things about this book that I wish were different based on my own particular viewpoints.

But to evaluate this book fairly we have to evaluate it sympathetically, and to do that it is worth reminding ourselves of what this book is. Garrard's book should be seen as a kind of gateway to ecocriticism, and it is a very good one. Garrard provides thorough glosses of the concepts and problems that drive ecocriticism, sketches out the various positions that might fall under the ecocriticism label, and gives a detailed account of the thought that forms ecocriticism's theoretical underpinnings.

I have the second edition, which covers the major developments in the field over the course of the 2000s, and so Garrard's book is more useful for a scholar finding his or her way into the field than, say, The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology which, given that its role was to get a scholarly conversation started, is now somewhat dated.

Because this book is mostly about giving a gloss to a body of scholarship, it is not eminently citable if one is actually doing research. I would also only make it optional in a classroom, as a seminar discussion would be better spent on an actual literary or theoretical text than a gloss. The literary analyses model point to ways of doing ecocritical inquiry into different genres, but they can also be hard to evaluate and may be of little interest if you don't know the texts. My biggest criticism is that some of the analyses remain underdeveloped in this new edition, and I wish that there were more of a dissection of some ecocritical commonplaces that we really ought to have dispensed with by now..

What is most valuable about this book is that it points the way to a genuinely critical mode of ecocriticism, as opposed to art appreciation or commentary, or worse, what has been called "the praise song school of ecocriticism." Appreciation and commentary are a necessary phase of starting a conversation, but doing that kind of scholarship forever is rather pointless. If you are a beginner broaching the field of ecocriticism, you can save yourself some time by starting with this book. And if you are more familiar with the territory, this book is still worth having in reach, if only because it is useful in pointing out possible directions through the kinds of conceptual problems one bumps into when undertaking ecocritical scholarship, however one wishes to define that term.

This book can't be everything to everybody interested in ecocriticism, but that's probably a good thing for ecocriticism. The fact that ecocriticism can't be reduced to a two hundred page volume is surely indicative that there is enough heterogeneity to sustain it as a viable mode of critical inquiry.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen very fine introduction, with two teeny blemishes 26. Dezember 2006
Von Bob Swain - Veröffentlicht auf
I got this book not expecting much. As I've seen it the ecocriticism field is just as rotten through with poor thought as most fields of literary criticism. But the book turned out to puncture many ecopieties and call into question almost every preconception but two.

One is that Christianity is destructive of the earth. Yes, he left that unquestioned on the table. The earth is a gift from God so to not respect it or to trash it as this book implies is just purely wrong for Christians.

Second, that matriarchy is a good thing. The notion of a primitive matriarchy that preexisted patriarchy is shaky and based on wish-fulfillment. The very definition of matriarchy is hard to pin down, and doesn't turn out to mean anything. Feminist scholars have turned the idea upside down and inside out and find that it's largely a 70s feminist idea that is based purely on the essentialism of that era.

But those are small blemishes. The prose is sharp, and the ideas are otherwise fairly sound throughout the book. There is a great bibliography, and many new ideas. It is also fairly simple and easy to read. I only had to look up one word.

I recommend this book to anyone who would like an overview of ecocriticism. Not only does this book provide that, it provides a fairly sound drubbing to most of ecocriticism. At 20 dollars this book is a very sound investment. It's probably the best book of literary criticism I've read in a long time. I'm glad I have it. I'm going to read it two or three times. The mind here is playful and expansive and erudite. Couldn't ask for anything more.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Eco?Criticism 14. Juli 2009
Von Sean K. Robisch - Veröffentlicht auf
This is cultural criticism, but it isn't really ecocriticism, nor is it an accurate representation of the field.

Most of this book is an engagement with environmental politics, which Garrard handles well enough. One reviewer is correct in that the book "punctures certain ecopieties," but sadly it doesn't represent ecocriticism's soundness beyond those pieties. Therefore, we get a reviewer praising it for simply affirming his distates for some brand of environmental politics, rather than for better articulating the field of literary criticism through an ecological lens. "Ecological" means "through the application of ecology." Garrard often misses this, indeed missing the very core of the discipline while purporting to represent it.

The New Critical Idiom books are often oddball constructs. They tend to be written by theorizers and cultural critics whose issue orientation causes them to skip over the basic tenets of a discipline and riff on the fringes. For instance, Garrard wastes a considerable amount of the "Animals" chapter on a Philip K. Dick novel and the nonsense of Andrew Ross and Donna Haraway regarding "cyborgs," along with other pop culture choices, rather than focusing on strong literature incorporating animals and critics that seriously analyzed it--which would have actually represented ecocriticism.

If you want to read ecocriticism, then I recommend reading Glen Love, Thomas J. Lyon, Don Scheese, and Cheryll Glotfelty, among a few others. Or just read the essays of the best nature writers, who are often better readers than so-called theorists are, and who have put their boots on the ground.

Mainly, what you want to look for is ecocriticism that actually *analyzes literature*. That's ostensibly why ecocriticism is populated by English professors. Sadly, English professors have lost their way, collectively speaking. And ecocriticism is hard to really describe if you're using only an urban campus map.
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