Ecocriticism on the Edge: The Anthropocene as a Threshold Concept

Author(s): Timothy Clark

Literary theory

The twenty-first century has seen an increased awareness of the forms of environmental destruction that cannot immediately be seen, localised or, by some, even acknowledged. Ecocriticism on the Edge explores the possibility of a new mode of critical practice, one fully engaged with the destructive force of the planetary environmental crisis. Timothy Clark argues that, in literary and cultural criticism, the "Anthropocene", which names the epoch in which human impacts on the planet's ecological systems reach a dangerous limit, also represents a threshold at which modes of interpretation that once seemed sufficient or progressive become, in this new counterintuitive context, inadequate or even latently destructive. The book includes analyses of literary works, including texts by Paule Marshall, Gary Snyder, Ben Okri, Henry Lawson, Lorrie Moore and Raymond Carver.


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The first book to explore how environmental crisis challenges existing modes of critical theory and ways of reading literature.

Timothy Clark is Professor of English at the University of Durham, UK. His previous publications include The Poetics of Singularity (2005) and The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment (2010).

Acknowledgments Preface Chapter One: The Anthropocene -- Questions of Definition Chapter Two: Imaging and Imagining the Whole Earth: The Terrestrial as Norm Chapter Three: Emergent Unreadability: Rereading a Lyric by Gary Snyder Chapter Four: Scale Framing Chapter Five: Scale Framing: A Reading Chapter Six: Postcolonial Ecocriticism and Dehumanizing Reading: An Australian Test-Case Chapter Seven: Anthropocene Disorder Chapter Eight: Denial: A Reading Chapter Nine: The Tragedy that Climate Change is not `Interesting' Conclusion

General Fields

  • : 9781472505736
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Academic
  • : September 2015
  • : books

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  • : Timothy Clark
  • : Paperback
  • : 232