NEWS about empirical ecocriticism, a new interdisciplinary research field within the Environmental Humanities.
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…
This roundtable brings together five experienced ecocritics engaged in research on “empirical ecocriticism” – Wojciech Malecki, Salma Monani, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Scott Slovic, and Alexa Weik von Mossner – for a conversation on the possibilities, limitations, and potential future directions of this subfield.
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,…
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?
This is the first book to investigate the power of stories to raise our concern for animals, which has been postulated across decades by numerous scholars, activists, and writers, including such greats as Thomas Hardy.
Not only poetry, but also works of fiction include pieces of writing that are prone to provide both emotional and cognitive pleasure because they are made of “language at its most distilled and most powerful” (Rita Dove).