Title Affective Ecocriticism
Subtitle Emotion, Embodiment, Environment
Author Kyle Bladow, Jennifer Ladino
ISBN 9781496207562
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 360
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher University of Nebraska Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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Affective Ecocriticism cements the importance of affect—and not only data or narrative—to understanding current environmental crises and relations. It also posits how affect bears on acting on these crises (or not) and pivoting our relations. That is, the essays here aren’t merely descriptive or diagnostic; they also look to possibilities for response.”

—Heather Houser, associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

“Affect theory and ecocriticism are both already vibrant fields of inquiry, but Affective Ecocriticism makes a strong case for their inherent compatibility. This field-defining book demonstrates the deeper ground that both of these approaches might find were they to understand the basic fact of their shared concerns, methods, and aims.”

—Rachel Greenwald Smith, associate professor of English at Saint Louis University and author of Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism


Scholars of ecocriticism have long tried to articulate emotional relationships to environments. Only recently, however, have they begun to draw on the complex interdisciplinary body of research known as affect theory. Affective Ecocriticism takes as its premise that ecocritical scholarship has much to gain from the rich work on affect and emotion happening within social and cultural theory, geography, psychology, philosophy, queer theory, feminist theory, narratology, and neuroscience, among others. This vibrant and important volume imagines a more affective—and consequently more effective—ecocriticism, as well as a more environmentally attuned affect studies.

These interdisciplinary essays model a range of approaches to emotion and affect in considering a variety of primary texts, including short story collections, films, poetry, curricular programs, and contentious geopolitical locales such as Canada’s Tar Sands. Several chapters deal skeptically with familiar environmentalist affects like love, hope, resilience, and optimism; others consider what are often understood as negative emotions, such as anxiety, disappointment, and homesickness—all with an eye toward reinvigorating or reconsidering their utility for the environmental humanities and environmentalism. Affective Ecocriticism offers an accessible approach to this theoretical intersection that will speak to readers across multiple disciplinary and geographic locations.


List of Illustrations   


Toward an Affective Ecocriticism: Placing Feeling in the Anthropocene   

Kyle Bladow and Jennifer Ladino


Part 1. Theoretical Foundations

Chapter 1. “what do we do but keep breathing as best we can this / minute atmosphere”: Juliana Spahr and Anthropocene Anxiety   

Nicole M. Merola

Chapter 2. From Nostalgic Longing to Solastalgic Distress: A Cognitive Approach to Love in the Anthropocene   

Alexa Weik von Mossner

Chapter 3. A New Gentleness: Affective Ficto-Regionality   

Neil Campbell


Part 2. Affective Attachments: Land, Bodies, Justice

Chapter 4. Feeling the Fires of Climate Change: Land Affect in Canada’s Tar Sands   

Jobb Arnold

Chapter 5. Wendell Berry and the Affective Turn   

William Major

Chapter 6. A Hunger for Words: Food Affects and Embodied Ideology   

Tom Hertweck

Chapter 7. Uncanny Homesickness and War: Loss of Affect, Loss of Place, and Reworlding in Redeployment   

Ryan Hediger


Part 3. Animality: Feeling Species and Boundaries

Chapter 8. Desiring Species with Darwin and Freud   

Robert Azzarello

Chapter 9. Tragedy, Ecophobia, and Animality in the Anthropocene   

Brian Deyo

Chapter 10. Futurity without Optimism: Detaching from Anthropocentrism and Grieving Our Fathers in Beasts of the Southern Wild    

Allyse Knox-Russell


Part 4. Environmentalist Killjoys: Politics and Pedagogy

Chapter 11. The Queerness of Environmental Affect   

Nicole Seymour

Chapter 12. Feeling Let Down: Affect, Environmentalism, and the Power of Negative Thinking   

Lisa Ottum

Chapter 13. Feeling Depleted: Ecocinema and the Atmospherics of Affect   

Graig Uhlin

Chapter 14. Coming of Age at the End of the World: The Affective Arc of Undergraduate Environmental Studies Curricula   

Sarah Jaquette Ray

List of Contributors   


About the Editors:

Kyle Bladow is an assistant professor of Native American studies at Northland College.

Jennifer Ladino is an associate professor of English at the University of Idaho. She is the author of Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature.

Target Audience:

People interested in Environment Studies.


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