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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 Ecocriticsm 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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Roundtable on Empirical Ecocriticism at the 2019 ASLE Conference in Davis

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.

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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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