Environment and Narrative: New Directions in Econarratology (THEORY INTERPRETATION NARRATIV) (Hardcover)

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By Erin James (Editor), Eric Morel (Editor)
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Description


Never before has a collection of original essays strived to create such constructive, shared discourse between ecocritical, narrative scholars and environmental humanities scholars interested in narrative. Erin James and Eric Morel’s volume Environment and Narrative: New Directions in Econarratology explores the complexity of pairing material environments and their representations with narrative forms of understanding.
To explore the methodological possibilities within “econarratology,” the contributors evaluate the mechanics of how narratives convey environmental understanding via building blocks such as the organization of time and space, characterization, focalization, description, and narration. They also query how readers emotionally and cognitively engage with such representations and how the process of encountering different environments in narratives stands to affect real-world attitudes and behaviors. By positioning narratives as important repositories of values, political and ethical ideas, and behaviors that determine how we engage with our ecological homes, the authors in this volume suggest that to change the way that we interact with the environment requires not only new stories but also a better understanding of the ones that have long been in circulation.
 

About the Author


Erin James is Associate Professor of English at the University of Idaho and author of The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives. Eric Morel is a Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Washington.

Praise For…


“I enjoyed the plurality of perspectives on the relation between environment and narrative. It is precisely this diversity of approaches that makes the volume stimulating.” —Markus Wilczek

“This collection breaks new ground and pioneers a debate that will advance and enrich both narrative theory and environmental literary scholarship alike.” —Bernhard Malkmus


Product Details
ISBN: 9780814214206
ISBN-10: 0814214207
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2020
Pages: 238
Language: English
Series: THEORY INTERPRETATION NARRATIV