This volume gathers nineteen of the most representative and defining essays from the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment over the course of its first ten years. ISLE is the journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. Both the journal and the organization are devoted to ecological literary criticism and environmental scholarship in related disciplines in the United States and around the world. Following an introduction that traces the stages of ecocriticism's development, The ISLE Reader is organized into three sections, each of which reflects one of the general goals that the ecocritical articles in ISLE have sought to accomplish. The section titled ""Re-evaluations"" provides new readings of familiar environmental writers and new environmental perspectives on authors or literary traditions not usually considered from a green perspective. The writings in the ""Reaching Out to Other Disciplines"" section promote cross-pollination among various disciplines and methodologies in the environmental arts and humanities. The writings in the final section, ""New Theoretical and Practical Paradigms,"" are especially significant for the conceptual and methodological terrain they map. The ISLE Reader at once marks an important milestone, documents the state of research in ecocriticism and related interdisciplinary fields, provides a survey of the field, and points to new methodologies and possibilities for the future.
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
Every new literary movement needs its journal. We have needed "ISLE" to show us what we might do, where we might go, whom we might learn from, debate with, or perhaps even overleap.--Terry Gifford "Reader in Literature and Environment, University of Leeds, U.K. "
This volume is a true celebration of the first decade of "ISLE" and will make a valuable contribution to the ongoing project of the 'greening' of literary and cultural studies.--Kate Rigby "Monash University "
Branch and Slovic are entirely right that a 'journal is a substantial written record of the progress of a community of thinkers.' This tenth anniversary anthology is a testimony to the quality of "ISLE," to those who've sown the weeds of ecocriticism.--"ISLE"
If ecocriticism has become a household word in academe, as I believe it has, the credit mostly goes to ASLE and its journal. . . . a solid, deservedly celebratory book that "ISLE" readers will want to know.--"Western American Literature"