Reading List 12: Theories of Literature and the Environment

Literature & Environment: Prelim Exam Reading List
Updated November 2019

 


Faculty Examiners: Melody Jue, Tess Shewry, Bishnupriya Ghosh

 

Optional supplement: Keywords in Environmental Studies (2019)
Copies available with the L&E Center director

 

I. Time: events, periods, crises

  1. Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement (2015)
  2. Paul Crutzen, “Geology of Mankind” (2002)
  3. Kathryn Yusoff, “Geology, Race, Matter” from A Billion Black Anthropocenes (2018)
  4. Dipesh Chakrabarty, “The Climate of History: Four Theses” (2009)
  5. Kyle Powys Whyte “Is it Colonial Deja Vu? Indigenous Peoples and Climate Injustice” (2016)
  6. Donna Haraway, “Situated Knowledges: the Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective” in Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (1991); “Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene” (2016)
  7. Eduardo Batalha Viveiros de Castro, “Exchanging Perspectives: The Transformation of Objects into Subjects in Amerindian Ontologies” (2004)
  8. Bruno Latour, “Circulating Reference: Sampling the Soil in the Amazon Forest” in Pandora’s Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies (1999); “Agency at the Time of the Anthropocene” (2014)
  9. Manuel DeLanda, “Emergence” from Philosophy and Simulation (2015)
  10. Arne Naess, “The Deep Ecological Movement,” from Philosophical Inquiry (1986)
  11. Ulrich Beck, “Living on the Volcano of Civilization” from Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity (1986)

 

             II. Planet: strata, geographies, spaces

  1. Ursula Heise, “Introduction” and “From the Blue Planet to Google Earth,” from Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (2008); “From Arks to ARKive.org: Database, Epic, and Biodiversity” in Imagining Extinction (2016)
  2. Elizabeth Povinelli, “Can Rocks Die?” in Geontologies (2016)
  3. Tobias Menely, “Anthropocene Air” (2014)
  4. Édouard Glissant, “The Open Boat” and “The Black Beach” from Poetics of Relation (1990/1997)
  5. Stephanie LeMenager, “Petro-Melancholia” in Living Oil (2013)
  6. Imre Szeman & Dominic Boyer, Introduction to Energy Humanities (2017)
  7. Karl Marx, “Estranged Labour” from 1844 Manuscripts (1844)
  8. John Bellamy Foster, Introduction from Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature (1999)  
  9. Garret Hardin, “Tragedy of the Commons” (1968)
  10. Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis, "Commons Against and Beyond Capitalism" (2014)
  11. Michel Foucault, Chapter 3, from Security, Territory, Population (1978)
  12. Leo Marx, “Sleepy Hollow, 1844,” from The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America (1964)
  13. William Cronon, “The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature,” from Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature (1995)
  14. Immanuel Kant, “Sublime” (§23-§28) in Critique of Judgement (1790)

 

             III. Agency: Lifeforms & technologies

  1. Charles Darwin, “Natural Selection,” “Laws of Variation,” “Recapitulation and Conclusion,” from The Origin of Species (1859)
  2. Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction” (1986), from The Ecocriticism Reader (1996)
  3. Lynn Margulis, Symbiotic Planet (1998)
  4. Kim Tallbear, “Genomic Articulations of Indigeneity” (2013) and “Why Interspecies Thinking Needs Indigenous Standpoints” (2011)
  5. Vandana Shiva, "Piracy Through Patents: The Second Coming of Columbus" from Biopiracy (1999)
  6. Stefan Helmreich & Eben Kirksey, “The Emergence of Multispecies Ethnography” (2010)
  7. Anna Tsing, “Matsutake Crusaders” in The Mushroom at the End of the World (2015)
  8. Eduardo Kohn, Introduction from How Forests Think (2011)
  9. Temple Grandin, “Animal Feelings,” from Animals in Translation (2004)
  10. Carey Wolfe, “Learning from Temple Grandin: Animal Studies, Disability Studies, and Who Comes after the Subject,” from What is Posthumanism? (2009)
  11. N. Katherine Hayles, Prologue & Chapter 1, from How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (1999), Chapter 1 from Unthought: The Cognitive Non-Conscious (2017)
  12. Martin Heidegger, “The Question Concerning Technology,” from The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays (1949, trans. William Lovitt, 1977), and “Building, Dwelling, Thinking,” from Poetry, Language, Thought (trans. Albert Hofstadter, 1971)
  13. Georges Canguilhem, “The Living in its Milieu” (2001)
  14. John Durham Peters, Introduction & Chapter 2, “Of Cetaceans and Ships; or, the Moorings of our Being” in The Marvelous Clouds (2015)

 

            IV. Environmentalisms: justice, differences, enclosures

  1. Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962) and “Marginal World” in The Edge of the Sea (1955)
  2. Michiko Ishimure, excerpt, Paradise in the Sea of Sorrow (1969)
  3. Leslie Marmon Silko, “Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination,” from The Ecocriticism Reader (1996)
  4. David Pellow, “Critical Environmental Justice Studies” in What is Critical Environmental Justice? (2018)
  5. Joan Martinez-Alier, “Currents of Environmentalism,” from The Environmentalism of the Poor (2002)
  6. Rob Nixon, Introduction from Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (2011)
  7. Ken Saro-Wiwa, “The Shell-BP Role” from Genocide in Nigeria: The Ogoni Tragedy (2000)
  8. Njabulo S. Ndebele, “Game Lodges and Leisure Colonialists” (1999)
  9. Arundhati Roy, “The Greater Common Good” (1999)
  10. Elizabeth DeLoughrey, “The Myth of Isolates: Ecosystem Ecologies in the Nuclear Pacific” (2013)
  11. Jennifer James, “Ecomelancholia: Slavery, War, and Black Ecological Imaginings” in Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (2011)
  12. Stacy Alaimo, “States of Suspension: Transcorporeality at Sea” (2012), “Eluding Capture: The Science, Culture, & Pleasure of ‘queer’ animals” in Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times (2016)
  13. Carolyn Merchant, “Nature as Female,” from The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution (1980)
  14. Mel Chen, “Queer Animation” from Animacies (2012)