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EMPIRICAL ECOCRITICISM is a branch of ecocriticism that focuses on the empirically-grounded study of environmental narrative – in literature, film, television, etc. – and its influence on various audiences. The main objective of empirical ecocriticism is to empirically examine common claims made within ecocriticism, and the environmental humanities more generally, and to generate new questions, theories, and areas of study. Read More.


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Article on the First Experimental Test of the Effects of Reading Climate Fiction

In September, the journal Environmental Communication published “Environmental Literature as Persuasion: An Experimental Test of the Effects of Reading Climate Fiction.” Written by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson (Yale-NUS College), Abel Gustafson (University of Cincinnati), Anthony Leiserowitz (Yale University), Matthew H. Goldberg (Yale University), Seth A. Rosenthal (Yale University) and Matthew Ballew (Chapman University), the article reports on…

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Cluster of Empirical Ecocriticism Published in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment

In the Spring 2020 issue of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Alexa Weik von Mossner, and W.P. Małecki edited a thematic cluster of articles dedicated to introducing empirical ecocriticism. The introduction to the cluster, “Empirical Ecocriticism: Environmental Texts and Empirical Methods,” was co-authored by Schneider-Mayerson, Weik von Mossner, and Małecki. It…

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Empirical Ecocriticism Featured in Annual Review of Scholarship in Cultural Theory

The journal This Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, published once a year by Oxford University Press, reports on the some of the most important publications and developments in literary and cultural criticism. In the recently-published 2018 version, the article covering developments in ecocriticism, written by John Charles Ryan, describes the “germination” of empirical…

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Empirical Ecocriticism now an IGEL Emerging Research Coalition

We are pleased to announce that empirical ecocriticism has been recognized as an Emerging Research Coalition by the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL). IGEL Research Coalitions are groups of researchers concerned with specific topics in empirical studies of literature. Coalition abstract: Empirical ecocriticism is an emerging subfield of ecocriticism that focuses…

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Workshop Report (14–15 December 2018, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany)

Workshop Report (14–15 December 2018, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany) By Alexa Weik von Mossner and Matthew Schneider-Mayerson On 14 and 15 December 2018, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society hosted the workshop Empirical Ecocriticism. Empirical ecocriticism is an emerging subfield of ecocriticism that focuses on the empirically grounded study of environmental narrative—in literature,…

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Article on “The Influence of Climate Fiction” Published by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

Climate fiction—literature explicitly focused on climate change—has exploded over the last decade, and is often assumed to have a positive ecopolitical influence by enabling readers to imagine potential climate futures and persuading them of the gravity and urgency of climate change. Does it succeed?

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