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Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George B. Handley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394429

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195394429.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Toward an Aesthetics of the Earth

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
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Postcolonial Ecologies
Author(s):
Elizabeth DeLoughrey, George B. Handley
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195394429.003.0001

This book explores postcolonial constructions of the environment in literatures from Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands. In considering literary representations of geography, it positions postcolonial ecology as a critical engagement with an “aesthetics of the earth.” It also examines the mutually constitutive material, discursive, and ontological relations with the land, with particular emphasis on engagement with alterity as a constitutive aspect of postcoloniality in relation to the environment as a nonhuman witness to the violent process of colonialism. In addition, the book discusses postcolonial literature’s focus on nature; the influence of the history of empire on Western discourses of nature and the environment; and intellectual genealogies of postcolonial ecocriticism within the context of the complex theory of an “aesthetics of the earth”.

Keywords:   environment, geography, postcolonial ecology, aesthetics of the earth, land, postcoloniality, colonialism, postcolonial literature, nature, ecocriticism

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