Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from. This text is one of the first introductory guides to the field of literary ecological criticism. It is the ideal handbook for all students new to the disciplines of literature. Ecocriticism has ratings and 31 reviews. Ariya said: I had been dodging around this book for several months, and able to finish it by the end of the.

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Even if the book is greatly organized, I have found difficulty in recalling what I have learnt from it. Very interesting, good place to start if you want to know more about ecocriticism.

This isn’t the kind of book that many can pick up, read once continuously, and hope to extract its undiminished value. I am not denying the importance of this book nor the superior style the boo 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.

The chapter on animals is especially interesting. Dec 19, Josh Stride rated it liked it Recommends it for: Yet it was both enlightening and inspiring, as I’m sure it will serve as fodder for future critical readings of the topic of nature in the arts. Feb 21, Anna Hiller rated it it was ok Shelves: Ecocriticism Greg Garrard Limited preview – If one hopes to fully grasp the contents, the best approach is slow reading and rereading with Wikipedia close at hand.

It starts by providing a brief account of the various political and philosophical orientations within the broad spectrum of environmentalism. The section on the “Ecological Indian” stereotype was especially eye-opening for me; I ecocritlcism not realized like many in our culture to what extent this notion is both historically inaccurate many Native Americans were just as exploitative ecocriticsm nature as Europeans settlers – there were just less of them, and didn’t have the technology to achieve their means as efficiently as well as offensive to some Native Americans since it reduces the many different groups into a rather monolithic view.


I would definitely come back for the revision soon. Animals touches on the emergent field of animal studies.


Written from a more scientific perspective, the primer on Ecocriticism covers several ecocritcism 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

May 17, sdw rated it really liked it Shelves: Very good overview of a number of metaphorical tropes that are central to Western thought about nature and the environment.

Lawrence Buell’s The Future of Environmental Criticism covers much of the same material but is a stronger effort. This was honestly pretty messy. I would not choose to use this text again in a class I teach; I would consider drawing on it for My students had some pretty serious critiques of this book.

That said, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good read, because it is. This garratd 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.

Greg Garrard’s animated and accessible volume traces the development of the movement and explores its key concepts, including:.

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Lists with This Book. He would point out that the previous sentence exhibits metaphorical exploitation of 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.

Ecocriticism New critical idiom. Nov 14, Gavin Malavolta rated it it was amazing Shelves: Myth Laurence Coupe No preview available – Thanks for telling us about the problem. His explanation of current ecological science corrects ecocriticizm assumptions about balance and harmony.

I am not denying the importance of this book nor the superior style the book is written in, yet I would resent the ambiguity of book chapters.

It brings up some interesting points, but overall this is a rather boring book to read. Concise, clear, and ecocriticissm, Ecocriticism offers the ideal introduction to this crucial subject for students of literary and cultural studies.


Hopefully there are better guides to ecocriticism out there. Psychology Press- Literary Criticism – pages. The book would have benefited from a chapter dedicated specifically to the idea of environmental justice ecocriticism. This book provides a good overview of ecocriticism and all its relative fields. Wilderness and Pastoral are, of course, foundational terms of the field and Garrard manages not only to provide an impressive level of depth with his chapters but add something to ongoing discussions in the field.

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A solid introduction to the field of ecocritcism. Concise, clear, and authoritative, Ecocriticism offers the ideal introduction to this crucial subject for students of literary and cultural studies. I would not choose to use this text again in a class I teach; I would consider drawing on it for a reader, but I would not require students to purchase it.

Jan 19, Lisa rated it really liked it. I would only recommend reading this book if you have the time to dedicate to independently exploring the tropes in concert with the reading, or if you have a very solid grounding in ecological literature. Ultimately, the purpose of this book and ecocriticism in general rcocriticism to help people overcome anthropocentricism.

May 18, Chris Hall rated it it was amazing.

Ecocriticism by Greg Garrard

I ecocriticidm it intense; idea follows idea in quick ecocritticism so that just when you think you have read something profound yet another profundity follows on its heels.

Aug 19, Steve rated it really liked it. 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. 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.

At times it also has a rather pretentious tone