This important volume brings together scientific, cultural, literary, historical, and philosophical perspectives to offer new understandings of the critical issues of our ecological present and new models for the creation of alternative ecological futures.
At a time when the narrative and theoretical threads of the environmental humanities are more entwined than ever with the scientific, ethical, and political challenges of the global ecological crisis, this volume invites us to rethink the Anthropocene, the posthuman, and the environmental from various cross-disciplinary viewpoints. The book enriches the environmental debate with new conceptual tools and revitalizes thematic and methodological collaborations in the trajectory of ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. Alliances between the humanities and the social and natural sciences are vital in addressing and finding viable solutions to our planetary predicaments. Drawing on cutting-edge studies in all the major fields of the eco-cultural debate, the chapters in this book build a creative critical discourse that explores, challenges and enhances the field of environmental humanities.
Foreword, Richard Kerridge / Introduction: The Environmental Humanities and the Challenges of the Anthropocene, Serpil Oppermann and Serenella Iovino / Part I – Re-Mapping the Humanities / Posthuman Environs, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen / Environmental History between Institutionalization and Revolution: A Short Commentary with Two Sites and One Experiment, Marco Armiero / Cultural Ecology, the Environmental Humanities, and the Transdisciplinary Knowledge of Literature, Hubert Zapf / Where is Feminism in the Environmental Humanities? Greta Gaard / Seasick Among the Waves of Ecocriticism: An Inquiry into Alternative Historiographic Metaphors, Scott Slovic / Part II – Voicing the Anthropocene / The Extraordinary Strata of the Anthropocene, Jan Zalasiewicz / Worldview Remediation in the First Century of the New Millennium, J. Baird Callicott / We Have Never Been “Anthropos”: From Environmental Justice to Cosmopolitics, Joni Adamson / Resources (Un)Ltd: Of Planets, Mining and Biogeochemical Togetherness, Filippo Bertoni / Lacuna: Minding the Gaps of Place and Class, Lowell Duckert / Part III – Nature’s Cultures and Creatures / Nature/Culture/Seawater: Theory Machines, Anthropology, Oceanization, Stefan Helmreich / Revisiting the Anthropological Difference, Matthew Calarco / Lively Ethography: Storying Animist Worlds, Thom van Dooren and Deborah Bird Rose / Religion and Ecology: Towards the Communion of Creatures, Kate Rigby / How the Earth Speaks Now: The Book of Nature and Biosemiotics as Theoretical Resource for the Environmental Humanities in the Twenty-First Century, Wendy Wheeler / Part IV – EcoStories and Conversations / How to Read a Bridge, Rob Nixon / The Martian Book of the Dead, Bronislaw Szerszynski / On Rivers, Juan Carlos Galeano / Can the Humanities Become Posthuman? A Conversation, Rosi Braidotti and Cosetta Veronese
Oppermann and Iovino have assembled a creative, diverse essay collection, international in scope, often speculative and passionate, and committed to transdisciplinarity. If the Anthropocene usually signifies boosterish techno-optimism or dire eco-apocalypse, this book offers the hope, at least, of keener intelligence about what the humanities can be as we enter an era of profound, geologic uncertainty.
"If you read only one collection of essays in the new field of Environmental Humanities, you cannot currently do better than by choosing this one. It provides a great chorus of voices, a wide panorama of concepts and discourses, and a fascinating, at times troubling, exploration of the situation of humanity on an endangered planet."
"Has our planet entered the Anthropocene? Are we leaving behind the geological era that provided the climatic conditions for the birth and flowering of civilization? If so, all the categories that informed civilization – including that of anthropos itself – will be up for review. Such a renegotiation of the very terms of our existence is a task not so much for science as for a scientifically literate, re-awakened humanities, blasted open by crisis to new horizons of imagination and to unprecedented existential responsibilities. Voices from the Anthropocene is a powerful response to this extraordinary challenge.”
Serenella Iovino is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Turin. Her publications include Ecocriticism and Italy (2015), Ecologia Letteraria (2006, 2015), Filosofie dell’ambiente (2004), and, as co-editor, Material Ecocriticism (2014), ContaminAzioni Ecologiche (2015) and Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies: Italy and the Environmental Humanities (forthcoming). She is a former president of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment.
Serpil Oppermann is Professor of English at Hacettepe University, Turkey. She is co-editor of The Future of Ecocriticism: New Horizons (2011), International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism (2013), and Material Ecocriticism (2014) and editor of New International Voices in Ecocriticism (2015).