Panel 8: Ecocriticism II
Literary Studies and the Geography of Climate Change: Towards a Transpacific Network of Disaster
Danielle Crawford, University of California, Santa Cruz
The adverse effects of climate change are expected to impact the globe unevenly, often with poorer nations who have contributed negligibly to the problem bearing the worst of it. In order to address this injustice, this talk looks towards disaster literature from Asia and the Pacific to both highlight the vulnerability of the area and the transpacific reach of the disasters. (more).
An Environmental Utopia: Black Mirror and the “Trouble with Wilderness”
Ben Van Overmeire, University of California, San Diego
This presentation will explore ecocriticsm through the form of the BBC’s science fiction series Black Mirror, specifically through the concept of an environmental utopia. Focusing on the ‘no-place’ aspect of utopia, the presenter draws a connection between the series and William Cronon’s critique of “wilderness” suggesting how the only way to achieve an environmental utopia may be to remove humans from it (more).
Seeing Whole: Ed Roberson’s Radical Ecology of Vision
Jessica Eileen Jones, Duke University
In efforts to re-envision perspectives of ecocriticism, this talk delves into the understudied nature poetry of Ed Roberson. Roberson’s non-Western ideas of vision, it argues, results in a new way of seeing the world that is fundamentally ecological. In doing so, the author argues that Roberson gives ecocritics the chance to move beyond a mode of critique and theorize instead an alternative ethics of envisioning the natural world (more).
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