Archives par mot-clé : écocritique

Parution : Ecofeminist Science Fiction (D. A. Vakoch ed.)

Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.), Ecofeminist Science Fiction. International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature, Routledge, 2021


Ecofeminist Science Fiction: International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature provides guidance in navigating some of the most pressing dangers we face today. Science fiction helps us face problems that threaten the very existence of humankind by giving us the emotional distance to see our current situation from afar, separated in our imaginations through time, space, or circumstance. Extrapolating from contemporary science, science fiction allows a critique of modern society, imagining more life-affirming alternatives.

In this collection, ecocritics from five continents scrutinize science fiction for insights into the fundamental changes we need to make to survive and thrive as a species. Contributors examine ecofeminist themes in films, such as AvatarStar Wars, and The Stepford Wives, as well as television series including Doctor Who and Westworld. Other scholars explore an internationally diverse group of both canonical and lesser-known science fiction writers including Oreet Ashery, Iraj Fazel Bakhsheshi, Liu Cixin, Louise Erdrich, Hanns Heinz Ewers, Larissa Lai, Ursula K. Le Guin, Chen Qiufan, Mary Doria Russell, Larissa Sansour, Karen Traviss, and Jeanette Winterson.

Ecofeminist Science Fiction explores the origins of human-caused environmental change in the twin oppressions of women and of nature, driven by patriarchal power and ideologies. Female embodiment is examined through diverse natural and artificial forms, and queer ecologies challenge heteronormativity. The links between war and environmental destruction are analyzed, and the capitalist motivations and means for exploiting nature are critiqued through postcolonial perspectives.

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Victorian Encounters and Environments

12th Annual VPFA Conference
‘Victorian Encounters and Environments’
15-17th July 2020
University of Greenwich, London


The Victorian Popular Fiction Association is dedicated to fostering interest in understudied popular writers, literary genres and other cultural forms, and to facilitating the production of publishable research and academic collaborations amongst scholars of the popular.

We invite a broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary interpretation on the topic of ‘Victorian Encounters and Environments’ and its relation to any aspect of Victorian popular literature and culture which addresses literal or metaphorical representations of the theme. Inter- and multidisciplinary approaches are welcome, as are papers which address poetry, drama, global literature, non-fiction, visual arts, historical and social contexts. Papers addressing works from the “long Victorian period” (i.e. before 1837 and after 1901) are also welcome.

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Parution : Eco-graphies

Éco-graphies. Écologie et littératures pour la jeunesse

Nathalie Prince et Sébastian Thiltges (dir.), Presses Universitaires de Rennes coll. « Interférences », 2018

Alors que la nature a toujours eu bonne presse dans les livres pour enfants et pour adolescents, une préoccupation, voire un sentiment d’urgence, s’immisce, dès la seconde moitié du XXe siècle, dans les écrits et les images représentant animaux, végétaux et environnements à destination des jeunes lecteurs. Loin de simplifier la pensée écologique, des auteurs rendent sensible la complexité de l’interaction entre l’humain et la nature en créant des images, en inventant des histoires et en réinventant les formes pour les raconter. Qu’apporte cette littérature à la jeunesse ? N’est-elle là que pour transmettre le fameux message « écolo » de l’adulte à ceux qui grandissent ?