Chapter 35. Literature-and-Environment Studies and the Influence of the Environmental Justice Movement

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Joni Adamson Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch35

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Adamson, J. (2010) Literature-and-Environment Studies and the Influence of the Environmental Justice Movement, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch35

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. Arizona State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • literature-and-environment studies and the influence of environmental justice movement;
  • Lawrence Buell calling in The Future of Environmental Criticism, the “complicated dialogue” surrounding “environmental imagination”;
  • The Marx–Buell debate - taking as its starting point one quote from The Environmental Imagination;
  • “Zapatista rebels,” in Mexico protesting impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on indigenous communal farming;
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference, Scott Slovic and Cheryll Glotfelty - celebrating “coming-of-age” of literature-and-environment studies;
  • other feminist, ethnic, gay and lesbian, and borderlands scholars - focusing on cultural, social, sexual and geographic “borderlands” to develop paradigm for reading “la frontera”;
  • limitations of ecocriticism, failing to deal seriously with connections between social issues and environmental issues;
  • So Far from God, set in northern New Mexico, a small town called Tome - highest unemployment in its history;
  • binational women's group working on US–Mexico–Arizona–New Mexico border - improving living and working conditions of factory workers in maquiladoras;
  • environmental justice groups, SWOP and Comadresare - fighting release of unseen toxins in work place environment and in their community

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading