Extending ecocriticism

Crisis, collaboration and challenges in the environmental humanities

Edited by Peter Barry and William Welstead

Extending ecocriticism


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4813-1
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: May 2020
  • BIC Category: Literature, Europe, Theatre studies, Literature: history & criticism, Ecological science, the Biosphere, ART / Criticism & Theory, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General, Museum, Historic Sites, Gallery & Art Guides, The arts / Theory of art, The arts / Theatre studies, Ecological Science, The Biosphere, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism


This volume of essays explores the scope for a further extension of ecocriticism across the environmental humanities. Contributors, who include both established academics and early career researchers in the humanities, were given free rein to interpret the brief. The collection is unusual in that it considers collaboration between individuals both in the same discipline and across creative disciplines. Subjects include familiar environments close to home and those such as Iceland and Antarctica, where narratives of climate, geology and ecology provide a stark backdrop to creative output. A further innovation is the inclusion of essays on public art, natural heritage interpretation and the visualisation and aesthetic impact of wind farms. The book will be of interest to writers, artists, students and researchers in the environmental humanities and those with a general interest in the cultural response to the environment.


1 Ecocriticism extends its boundaries - Peter Barry and William Welstead
2 'I am not afraid to die': contemporary environmental crisis fiction and the post-theory era - Louise Squire
3 Halfway-to-whole things: ecologies of writing and collaboration - Philip Gross
4 'Drawing closer': an ecocritical consideration of collaborative, cross-disciplinary practices of walking, writing, drawing and exhibiting - Harriet Tarlo and Judith Tucker
5 ARTlines: three walking artists in Iceland - Patti Lean
6 Nature matters: notes on Ackroyd and Harvey, ecocriticism and praxis - Eve Ropek
7 The word among stones - Peter Barry
8 Two familiar paths well-travelled - John Darwell
9 Aesthetics as ecology, or the question of the form of eco-art - Clive Cazeaux
10 Signs and sentiment in British wildlife art - William Welstead
11 Symphonic pastorals redux - Aaron S. Allen
12 Treaty obligations: science and art in Antarctica - Mike Pearson
13 On-site natural heritage interpretation: an ecocritical reading - William Welstead
14 A seamless image: the role of photomontage in the meaning-making of wind farm development - Jean Welstead


Peter Barry is Emeritus Professor of English at Aberystwyth University

William Welstead is an Independent Scholar based on the Isle of Tiree

Extending ecocriticism

Edited by Peter Barry, William Welstead

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