A close look at Bruno Latour's Political Ecology and Timothy Morton's Ecological Thought reveals for example a theoretical alignment of ecology and democracy, which misjudges the behavioural capacities of ecological agents in practical ecology.
The critique of eco-art and ecocriticism leads to questions regarding their contradictory artistic and political agency in environmental discourses.
In recent years, climate change has expanded from a scientific to a broadly cultural concern, fundamentally questioning ideas of nature, society, and ecology.
This thesis looks at the contribution of eco-art to the discussions, which seems to lag behind current discourses in ecocriticism.
An analysis of selected "climate change exhibitions" shows that, despite its intentions, much of eco-art keeps recreating the modernist Nature-Society dualism which ecocriticism sees as the main obstacle for ecological thinking.
Meanwhile, ecology models developed in ecocriticism are also far from resolved.Claire Kervin Primary fields: twentieth-century American literature, the contemporary novel, environmental writing, ecocriticism, ethics [email protected] Neilsen Primary fields: nineteenth-century British fiction, ecocriticism and environmental literature, the Gothic, queer ecology [email protected] students in the BU Department of English complete a rigorous, one-year program, completing four seminars per semester.Ph D students complete eight more seminars over the next two years before proceeding to their oral exam and dissertation prospectus.Faculty working in the cluster include Timothy Morton (19th Century British literature and Culture, particularly poetry, Buddhism, Object Oriented Ontology, Contemporary Art and Music, Poetry and Poetics), Cary Wolfe (Modernism and Contemporary Literature, especially poetry, Animal Studies, Systems Theory, Pragmatism, Posthumanism, Modern and Contemporary Art), Scott Derrick (Gender and Sexuality, 19th Century U. Faculty and graduate students in the cluster regularly participate in conferences such as the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, the Modern Language Association, the Comparative Literature Association, the American Literature Association, the American Studies Association, the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, the Western Literature Association, and many others, and several students in the cluster have organized entire panel slates in these venues. Literature, Border Studies, the Global West, Popular Culture, Feminism, Public Humanities), and Emily Houlik-Ritchey (Medieval and Early Modern Literature, including Spain and France, Gender and Sexuality, Transnational Studies).Rather than theorising relationships between "closed" objects, it introduces the idea of the "hyperextended object".Hyperextension describes the investigative expansion of an object into an ecological agent, unfolding it contextually according to its social, material, and energetic relationships.Ph D students also have the opportunity to design their own intro-level literature courses, ranging from general topics like fiction or poetry to more defined areas like Modernism or Shakespeare.Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities is one of the most dynamic interdisciplinary areas of research in the Department and it is also one of the newest, with scholars working in a variety of areas such as Science Studies (investigating areas such as quantum theory, cognitive ethology, theoretical biology, evolutionary theory, epigenetics, and immunology), Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism, Climate Change and the Anthropocene, Animal Studies, Bioethics, Environmental Regionalism, and others. Recent and current dissertation projects include “ecotechnology” and ecology in a comparative U. and Canada Frame, “toxic networks,” systems discourse, and 20th century literature, Chicano/a environmental writing since 1848, postcolonial landscapes, and invaginated cartographies.But rather than promoting an idyllic return to nature, these authors primarily seek to unmask the artificiality of the pastoral enthrallment for the natural world.Instead, they try to revitalize their contact with nature by drawing attention to the individual’s physically embodied experience of his or her immediate environment.