French 'Ecocritique': Reading Contemporary French Theory and Fiction Ecologically
French Écocritique is the first book-length study of the culturally specific ways in which contemporary French literature and theory raise questions about nature and environment. Stephanie Posthumus’s ground-breaking work brings together thinkers such as Guattari, Latour, and Serres with recent ecocritical theories to complicate what might otherwise become a reductive notion of "French ecocriticism." Working across contemporary philosophy and literature, the book defines the concept of the ecological as an attentiveness to specific nature-culture contexts and to a text’s many interdiscursive connections. Posthumus identifies four key concepts, ecological subjectivity, ecological dwelling, ecological politics, and ecological ends, for changing how we think about human-nature relations. French Écocritique highlights the importance of moving beyond canonical ecocritical texts and examining a diversity of cultural and literary traditions for new ways of imagining the environment.
- Series: University of Toronto Romance Series
- World Rights
- Page Count: 264 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.3in
Choice Magazine vol 55:10:2018
"Posthumus’s book appears destined to become one of the most important resources for scholars interested in French ecological thought and fiction. It also promises to spark more interest in a field of study that has been relegated to the periphery in French and Francophone studies."
Keith Moser, Mississippi State University
The French Review
"…Posthumus’s goal is to provide (eco)critical points of convergence, and she does so with great attention to coherence and detail…The book will of course be a reference for scholars working in French ecocriticism, but should not be overlooked by ecocritics from other linguistic traditions…"
Pauline Goul, Vassar College
H-France Review Vol. 19, no 76
"The breadth and depth of Posthumus’s scholarship are impressive. In four meticulously organized chapters on French writers of fiction and theory, she addresses the concepts of subjectivity, dwelling, politics, and imaginings, while weaving a comparison between Anglo-American ecocriticism and a nascent French écocritique."
Jonathan Krell, Department of Romance Languages, University of Georgia
"French Écocritique offers an excellent -- and splendidly readable -- presentation of these important materials and debates."
Martin Crowley, Department of French, University of Cambridge
Author InformationStephanie Posthumus is an assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University.
Table of contents
INTRODUCTION - Ecological Readings
CHAPTER ONE - Ecological Subjectivity: Guattari and Darrieussecq
CHAPTER TWO - Ecological Dwelling: Serres and Lafon
CHAPTER THREE - Ecological Politics: Latour and Rufin
CHAPTER FOUR - Ecological Ends: Schaeffer and Houellebecq
CONCLUSION - Further Ecological Readings
Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize for the Environmental Humanities and Creative Writing- Short-listed in 2018
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