Ecocriticism, a field of study that has expanded dramatically over the past decade, has nevertheless remained—until recently—closely focused on critical analyses of nature writing and literature of wilderness. Karla Armbruster and Kathleen R. Wallace push well beyond that established framework with this groundbreaking collection of essays by respected ecocritics and scholars from the literary and environmental arenas. Together, their work signals a new direction in the field and offers refreshingly original insights into a broad spectrum of texts.
Beyond Nature Writing is a stimulating, challenging, lively, and informative book—an impressive gathering of essays that delineate the expanding boundaries of the emerging field of ecocriticism—that will be of great use to scholars and teachers with an interest in literature and environmental studies. The range and choice of subjects is both wise and illuminating, and the variety of style and approach is truly refreshing.
These essays illustrate the considerable range in both subject matter and critical tactics available to and through ecocriticism; they chart out a wide, varied, and inviting new territory for teaching and research.
Karla Armbruster is Assistant Professor of English at Webster University, St. Louis, and coauthor with Donald G. Kaufman of Finding Our Niche: The Human Role in Healing the Earth.
Kathleen R. Wallace is an independent scholar and writer currently working with the Ohio League of Conservation Voters and coeditor of Writing Lives: Exploring Literacy and Community.