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Coming into Contact Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice by Annie Merrill Ingram

Coming into Contact Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice


Coming into Contact Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice by Annie Merrill Ingram

A snapshot of ecocriticism in action, Coming into Contact collects sixteen previously unpublished essays that explore some of the most promising new directions in the study of literature and the environment. They look to previously unexamined or underexamined aspects of literature's relationship to the environment, including swamps, internment camps, Asian American environments, the urbanized Northeast, and lynching sites. The authors relate environmental discourse to practice, including the teaching of green design in composition classes, the restoration of damaged landscapes, the persuasive strategies of environmental activists, the practice of urban architecture, and the impact of human technologies on nature. The essays also put ecocriticism into greater contact with the natural sciences, including elements of evolutionary biology, biological taxonomy, and geology. Engaging both ecocritical theory and practice, these authors more closely align ecocriticism with the physical environment, with the wide range of texts and cultural practices that concern it, and with the growing scholarly conversation that surrounds this concern.


This exciting new collection of cutting-edge ecocritical essays is rich with diligent scholarship and passionate social commentary. These essays show the continuing vibrancy, good humor, analytical acuity, and activist commitment that have always characterized this field, while adding new theoretical subtlety. - Scott Slovic, coeditor of What's Nature Worth? Coming into Contact plays at the rich, diverse, productive edges of ecocritical theory and praxis as it effectively opens the field of literature-and-environment studies to dynamic new approaches and international literatures. These essays boldly and assuredly take their place among those included in The Ecocriticism Reader and Beyond Nature Writing as they afford readers, writers, and scholars a deeper understanding of the contributions ecocriticism has made and is making to disciplines both inside and outside the humanities. - Joni Adamson, coeditor of The Environmental Justice Reader

About the Author

Annie Merrill Ingram is an associate professor of English at Davidson College and former director of its Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Ian Marshall, the author of Story Line and Peak Experiences, is a professor of English and coordinator of the environmental studies program at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona. Daniel J. Philippon, the author of Conserving Words (Georgia), is an associate professor of rhetoric at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Adam W. Sweeting, the author of Beneath the Second Sun and Reading Houses and Building Books, is an associate professor of humanities at Boston University, College of General Studies.

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Publication date

15th February 2007


Annie Merrill Ingram

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University of Georgia Press


272 pages


Literary studies: general
The environment



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