- By Greg Garrard


  • Title: Ecocriticism
  • Author: Greg Garrard
  • ISBN: 9780415196925
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ecocriticism Inspired by a range of ecological movements ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production fro

    Inspired by a range of ecological movements, 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 s animated and accessible volume traces the development of the movement and explores the conceptsInspired by a range of ecological movements, 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 s animated and accessible volume traces the development of the movement and explores the concepts which have most occupied ecocritics, including pollution wilderness apocalypse dwelling animals earth.Featuring an invaluable glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading, this is the first student friendly introduction to one of the newest and most exciting trends in literary and cultural studies.

    1 thought on “Ecocriticism

    1. I had been dodging around this book for several months, and able to finish it by the end of the semester. Not that the book provided the modern concepts about environment studies, but specifically focused on literary contexts, which I think, more friendly to my lack of knowledge. I would definitely come back for the revision soon.

    2. This isn't the kind of book that many can pick up, read once continuously, and hope to extract its undiminished value. If one hopes to fully grasp the contents, the best approach is slow reading and rereading with close at hand. Here's my crude simplification of what this book's about. It is a critical review of the literature, including film, poetry, philosophy, et. al, that describes nature and our perception of it. It starts by providing a brief account of the various political and philosoph [...]

    3. This was honestly pretty messy. If it hadn't been for a college class, I would've put it aside after a couple of chapters. Garrard likes to namedrop and make long, unnecessary, rambling examples based on others' work, in a way that often leaves you confused. Half the time it felt like reading a bunch of synopses more than a guide to ecocriticism in general and it's sometimes hard to tell whether he's explaining someone's opinion on it or if it's a more generally accepted method. He wanders off c [...]

    4. This was alright. It discussed some typical tropes in ecocritical literature like the concept of pastoral, wilderness and dwelling and discussed apocalyptism as a means of "galvanising" support for environmentalism, but some of it wandered a little bit much and I asked myself a couple of times what I was actually learning that was relevant to literary theory. Still, would suggest it to someone who has an interest in learning what ecocriticism is about.

    5. This is the first book that I have finished reading on ecocriticism; not being able to understand the main idea of the book was the reason why I was putting off posting a review on it. Basically, the book is an overview of ecocriticism, and most reviewers recommend it as the first-hand guide for the concerned students. Even if the book is greatly organized, I have found difficulty in recalling what I have learnt from it. I am not denying the importance of this book nor the superior style the boo [...]

    6. A really helpful intro into eco-theory, using literary and cultural references to illustrate and analyze its various (and often contradictory) streams of thought. Since it takes the form of a survey, covering a large swath of complicated concepts, it’s not a super fun read, but excellent to have for reference.

    7. Not what I'd call a 'fun' or 'easy' read (it was required reading for a class) but it definitely changed/enhanced the way that I view the world, particularly that intersection of art + the environment and/or nature in many ways.

    8. Summary of ecocritical thought; divided in to the following categories: Positions, Pastoral, Wilderness, Apocalypse, Dwelling, Animals, and Futures: the Earth

    9. Greg Garrard’sEcocriticismgoes beyond an introduction to the field. While Garrard provides an insightful overview of ecocriticism’s past and present he also delves into some of the key debates in ecocriticism today, writing a book filled with layers and providing a text with a level of depth I seldom see in such broad overviews. Garrard’s book is in many ways a manifesto that focuses on the oversights and consequences of an ecocriticism overly invested in deep ecology and calls for the ben [...]

    10. Very eye-opening. Written from a more scientific perspective, the primer on Ecocriticism covers several key intersections between nature and the humanities while exposing the typical understandings of nature as mere property of humans or the over-mystified readings of nature that don't do much for improving our world. The section on the "Ecological Indian" stereotype was especially eye-opening for me; I had not realized (like many in our culture) to what extent this notion is both historically i [...]

    11. This book in the New Critical Idiom series provides an effective, readable introduction to the main issues in ecocriticism, relying on and updating earlier readers by Glotfelty and Fromm, Kerridge and Sammells, and Armbruster and Wallace. Unlike those collections, this one is written by a single author, and Greg Garrard’s voice skillfully guides readers around the pitfalls of theory and the swamps of controversy. He would point out that the previous sentence exhibits metaphorical exploitation [...]

    12. Not a book for the casual reader, this is an academic work. That said, it doesn't mean that it isn't a good read, because it is. Wordy, as most literary thoery is by necessity, but still readable. This is really an overview of the field, gathering a range of ideas from a variety of sources to provide an effective introduction to the field of ecocriticism. I found it intense; idea follows idea in quick succession so that just when you think you have read something profound yet another profundity [...]

    13. Gregg Garrard explores the various tropes most commonly used to talk about the relationship between human beings and the more-than-human world. Each chapter examines one such trope, and this division makes this book highly accessible and valuable to the student of ecocriticism. I haven't read the book straight through from beginning to end, but among the chapters I have read, the most interesting so far were "Wildness," "Apocalypse," and "Dwelling."If you're doing scholarly work in ecocriticism, [...]

    14. My students had some pretty serious critiques of this book. While it was useful for the explanation of certain terms -- "Wilderness" "Place" and "Dwelling" in particular -- the students generally felt that too much time was spent on case studies that were wandering, verbose, and tangential. They would have preferred a text that dealt more with the vocabulary of ecocriticism rather than its practice. I would not choose to use this text again in a class I teach; I would consider drawing on it for [...]

    15. This book provides a good overview of ecocriticism and all its relative fields. However, it's just that; an overview. Garrard doesn't go in depth into any certain field and doesn't really provide any sources that you could check out to learn more about that particular field, either. If you're just starting out in this field and you want a book that will summarize ecocriticism, then this is the book for you. If you already know about this field, then I would suggest something else.

    16. a readable, intelligent introduction to ecocriticism, focusing mainly on literary applications but also including cultural reflections. It provides a worthwhile framework from which to regard our perspectives on the natural world using a set of tropes/themes: pastoral, wilderness, apocalypse, dwelling, animals.

    17. Very good overview of a number of metaphorical tropes that are central to Western thought about nature and the environment. Definitely recommend it alongside Cronon's Uncommon Ground as an intro to cultural/literary studies in ecocriticism.

    18. A nice introduction to the topic. I definitely have a better appreciation for the different "faces" of "green" after reading it. I liked the approach the author takes with the tropes for each chapter. It did end a bit abruptly though and without much of a conclusion

    19. This little book (in the literal sense) is a comprehensive guide to navigating ecocritical theory. Gerrard covers all his bases on every way you can look at a text through and ecocritical lens. If you need to learn what ecocriticism is, this book is it.

    20. Very interesting, good place to start if you want to know more about ecocriticism. It was basically an overview, and didn't quite go into detail as much as I expected. Also, I felt that Garrard depended too heavily on literary examples were he could have gone into more theoretical detail.

    21. I'm not, in general, a huge fan of Routledge's New Critical Idiom series. But I would recommend this one to anyone interested in this exciting, emergent field. A good overview.

    22. For those interested in a detailed explanation of eco-crit and its varying schools of thought and approaches, Garrard's Ecocritisism is a must read.

    23. pretty good, but really had a British author slantgularly ignored work (fiction/non-fiction/poetry) being done in the US (maybe to make some sort of statement?).

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