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ecocriticism

A new subfield of literary and cultural enquiry that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s, devoted to the investigation of relations between literature and the natural world and to the ...

ecocriticism

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

...given to Native American folklore and literature; but much ecocritical work has also been devoted to the English Romantic tradition, notably by the British literary historian Jonathan Bate in his books Romantic Ecology ( 1991 ) and The Song of the Earth ( 2000 ). Special varieties within this field include ecofeminist criticism . Further reading: Greg Garrard , Ecocriticism (2nd edn, 2011). https://www.scribd.com/document/322832462/ASLE-Primer-DefiningEcocrit-pdf Defining Ecocritical Theory and Practice: several definitions by members of the...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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2010

...itself became of broad and perhaps even urgent concern for many people. Ecocriticism defines itself as a practice of reading literature from an earth-centred (rather than human-centred) perspective. There is also an activist dimension to ecocriticism: at least part of the reason ecocritics want to discuss the centrality of nature in literature is to raise awareness more generally about the need for concern and indeed action with regard to the environment. Unsurprisingly, many ecocritics are also active in the environmental justice movement, whose concern is...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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2018

...itself became of broad and perhaps even urgent concern for many people. Ecocriticism defines itself as a practice of reading literature from an earth-centred (rather than human-centred) perspective. There is also an activist dimension to ecocriticism: at least part of the reason ecocritics want to discuss the centrality of nature in literature is to raise awareness more generally about the need for concern and indeed action with regard to the environment. Unsurprisingly, many ecocritics are also active in the environmental justice movement, whose concern is...

ecocriticism

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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... An area of literary criticism that appeared in the 1980s and 1990s, concerned with the relationship between literature and the natural world and with rediscovering and reinterpreting ‘nature writings’ such as those of H. D. Thoreau in the light of environmentalist concerns. In the USA, it has prompted renewed interest in Native American folklore and literature. The British critic Jonathan Bate has notably explored the English Romantic tradition from this perspective in his Romantic Ecology , 1991 and The Song of the Earth , 2000....

Eco-Criticism

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Kamala Platt

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements

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2015
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Social sciences, Politics, Law
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... . Cheryl Glotfelty’s introduction to The Ecocriticism Reader ( 1996 ) describes as “a port of entry to the field of ecocriticism” (p. xxv) the whiteness of the then nascent movement, nonetheless predicting that “ecocritical scholarship [will become] ever more interdisciplinary, multicultural, and international” (p. xxv). Her words describe the trend toward a multiplicity of ethnic perspectives that in that first volume is represented in essays by Leslie Marmon Silko and Paula Gunn Allen, narrating indigenous ecology stories that bond eco-criticism...

ecocriticism

ecocriticism  

A new subfield of literary and cultural enquiry that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s, devoted to the investigation of relations between literature and the natural world and to the rediscovery and ...
criticism

criticism  

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The reasoned discussion of literary works, an activity which may include some or all of the following procedures, in varying proportions: the defence of literature against moralists and censors, ...
Ecomusicology

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Aaron S. Allen

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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...i.e. interrelationships among organisms and their physical environments. More recently, however, it is “ecocriticism” that combines with Charles Seeger's holistic sense of “musicology” to form “ecomusicology.” Literary ecocriticism (“ecological criticism”) studies cultural products that imagine and portray human-environment relationships. Ecocritical scholars describe such connections and offer interpretive, political, and/or critical approaches: ecocritics read into the subtexts of various media from literature to film to advertising, encourage awareness of...

Larkin, Peter

Larkin, Peter (1946–)   Reference library

Jeremy Noel-Tod

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013

...Peter ( 1946– ) Born in the New Forest, and for many years Philosophy and Literature Librarian at Warwick University, Larkin’s interests include ecocriticism, postmodern theology, and Romantic poetry. An avant-garde figure whose work combines the pastoralism of the * Cambridge School with the textuality of the * Language poets , Larkin published much of his early work in fine, large-format pamphlets through his own Prest Roots Press: see Additional Trees ( 1992 ), Three Forest Conformities ( 1997 ), Parallels Plantations Apart ( 1998 ). All...

Guggenmos, Josef

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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188 words

...de la Mare and Charles Causley . Never overtly didactic or condescending, his humorous poems deal mainly with nature in general and (humanized) animals in particular; they present a fresh, naive, playful—in short, “childlike”—view of the world, with occasional political and eco-critical overtones, especially in his late work. Dieter Petzold Bell, Anthea . “Josef Guggenmos, Poet for Children.” Signal 93 (September 2000):...

Hodges, Donald A(lbert)

Hodges, Donald A(lbert) (9 Oct 1945)   Reference library

Jere T. Humphreys

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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...Professor and Director of the Music Research Institute (MRI) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At the MRI, he worked with colleagues on projects in BioMusic, neuroimaging, music-related hearing loss, music education, music performance, and ethnomusicology/ecocriticism. A primary research effort was a series of brain imaging experiments conducted with colleagues in Texas and North Carolina involving pianists, singers, and conductors. He co-authored (with David Sebald) Music Psychology for Musicians (New York), was the (contributing) editor...

criticism

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

...schools of criticism also seek to understand literature in terms of its relations to history, politics, gender, social class, mythology, linguistic theory, or psychology, as with psychoanalytic criticism , Marxist criticism , feminist criticism , myth criticism , ecocriticism , and others. See also exegesis , hermeneutics , higher criticism , metacriticism , poetics , textual criticism...

Ecology and Environment

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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499 words

...Literature Association Quarterly (19: 1994–1995 ) and The Lion and the Unicorn (19: 1995 ). See also Journals and Periodicals ; Nonfiction ; and Science Books . Cathlena Martin Dobrin, Sidney I. , and Kenneth B. Kidd , eds. Wild Things: Children's Culture and Ecocriticism . Detroit, Mich.: Wayne State University Press, 2004. Kahn, Peter H., Jr. , and Stephen R. Kellert , eds. Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Investigations . Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press,...

Ecological Biblical Criticism

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Arthur Walker-Jones

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation

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2014
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Religion
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7,036 words

...science and principles of ecojustice. The philosophy of interpretation on which it is based is commonly called ecological hermeneutics. Ecological biblical criticism is most directly influenced by feminist and postcolonial biblical interpretation and has similarities to ecocriticism in literary studies. Ecological criticism shares with feminist criticism hermeneutical approaches that can be described as suspicion and retrieval—suspicion that the Bible and its interpretation may support ecological exploitation, and retrieval of interpretations that support...

Christianity (6c4) – Anglicanism

Christianity (6c4) – Anglicanism   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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2010
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Religion, Social sciences
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842 words

...begins to listen to Anglican voices from former colonies, the environmental and economic destruction of the Anglican colonial past will have to be constructively addressed. Marion Grau Further Reading Coupe, Laurence , ed. The Green Studies Reader: From Romanticism to Ecocriticism . London: Routledge, 2000. Hooker, Richard . Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity . (Imprint) London: J.M. Dent; New York: E.P. Dutton, 1907. Low, Mary . Celtic Christianity and Nature: Early Irish and Hebridean Traditions . Edinburgh: Polygon, 1999. Merchant, Carolyn . ...

Canadian Nature Writing

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The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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2010
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Religion, Social sciences
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1,711 words

...of more than a generation later this pronouncement surely has to be reckoned as premature in the extreme. The 2002 volume, Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada , gives prominence to the persistent significance of nature in Canadian literature in articles on “Animal Story,” “Ecocriticism,” “Exploration Literature,” “Landscape,” “North,” and “Science and Nature Writing.” Nature writing in Canada, in particular considered in relation to religion, can be said to have undergone a complete and unqualified renaissance. The obvious Christian use of natural phenomena...

Place

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Caroline Polk O’Meara

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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1,517 words

...on African Americans’ lives and artistic practices. Work on how hierarchies of place in the American landscape create and change music communities and their compositions remains central. Additionally, the study of sounding places intersects with other research areas, including ecocritical and urban musicology. An ecomusicologist might consider the affect of sprawl on the American Soundscape (Schafer, 1977 ), while a scholar writing about music rooted in the postindustrial urban landscape might turn to the work of urban planners and cultural geographers...

Adams, John Luther

Adams, John Luther (23 Jan 1953)   Reference library

Sabine Feisst

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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1,398 words

...cycles of daylight and nighttime, phases of the moon, meteorological, seismic and geomagnetic activities, and the aurora borealis into music. Much of Adams's music, perhaps most overtly his settings of John Haines's poetry in Forest Without Leaves ( 1984 ), exhibits an eco-critical dimension. It reflects his indebtedness to such philosophies as acoustic ecology, deep ecology and bioregionalism, drawing attention to the fragility of Arctic land- and soundscapes threatened by (noise) pollution and global warming. In Inuksuit ( 2009 ) for nine to 99...

Pullman, Philip

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...Pullman.” In Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction , edited by Peter Hunt and Millicent Lenz , 123–169. London: Continuum, 2001. Wood, Naomi . “(Em)Bracing Icy Mothers: Ideology, Identity, and Environment in Children's Fantasy.” In Wild Things: Children's Culture and Ecocriticism , edited by Sidney Dobrin and Kenneth Kidd , 198–214. Detroit: Wayne University Press,...

Deism

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The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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2010
Subject:
Religion, Social sciences
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1,284 words

...of the natural world has led some environmentalists to search for ways in which nature might be reconceptualized as a site of mystery or of divine action and grace, in contrast to a deistic concept of nature as machine or system of laws. In addition, some aspects of eco-criticism explicitly blame Enlightenment thinking and writing for developing concepts of nature that have led to its exploitation. While Deism is generally understood to be a historical movement, some Westerners today refer to themselves as deists. Moreover, while Deism, by definition,...

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