Panel 7: Ecocriticism I
Once but Not Now: Environmental Degradation in Thomas King’s “The Back of the Turtle”
Olivia Pellegrino, University of Toronto
This talk will analyze Thomas King’s novel, The Back of the Turtle, an ecocritical work that looks at the social and environmental consequences of corporations valuing profit over preservation. The author will also connect the novel to apocalyptic environmental narratives so as to better contextualize what it is King does and what his writing says about the future of climate justice (more).
Ecology and the Critique of “History”: The God of Small Things as a Humanist Text
Abhay Doshi, University of Minnesota
This talk examines the radical ecology critics attribute to Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things that dismantles the privileged position of the human over the non-human. In contrast to currents turns to anti or posthumanism, the author stresses that this radical view can only be grasped by retaining certain core humanistic ideals that have been overlooked recently in the humanities (more).
Petrodystopia in Karen Tei Yamashita’s “Tropic of Orange”
Olivia Chen, Washington University in St. Louis
This talk provides a new perspective on Karen Tei Yamashita’s ecocritical work, Tropic of Orange. Building upon established political and literature analyses, the author analyzes Yamashita’s work through the oil culture and its deep connection with the environment and modern society (more).
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