- List of Contributors
- General Introduction
- Reason Aside: Reflections on Enlightenment and Empire
- Empires of Democracy
- The Imperial Past: Spain and Portugal in the New World
- Imperial/Colonial Metamorphosis: A Decolonial Narrative, from the Ottoman Sultanate and Spanish Empire to the US and the EU
- Empire, Islam, and the Postcolonial
- Hegel, Empire, and Anti-Colonial Thought
- Imperial Histories, Postcolonial Theories
- Violence, Law, and Justice in the Colonial Present
- Renegade Prophets and Native Acolytes: Liberalism and Imperialism Today
- The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Challenge of Postcolonial Agency: International Relations, US Policy, and the Arab World
- Africa’s Colonial Present: Development, Violence, and Postcolonial Security
- Beyond Biopolitics: Agamben, Asylum, and Postcolonial Critique
- Indigenous Inhabitations and the Colonial Present
- Towards an Anti-Colonial Future
- Revisiting Resistance: Postcolonial Practice and the Antecedents of Theory
- ‘Third Worldism’ and the Political Imaginary of Postcolonial Studies
- Postcolonialism and/as Translation
- Remembering Back: Cultural Memory, Colonial Legacies, and Postcolonial Studies
- Postcolonialism and Popular Cultures
- Race, Racism, and Postcoloniality
- Theory and Practice in Postcolonial Studies
- modes and models of postcolonial cross-disciplinarity
- Postcolonialism and Literature
- Postcolonialism and History
- ‘Slippery, Like a Fish’: The Discourse of the Social Sciences
- At the Limits of the Secular: History and Critique in Postcolonial Religious Studies
- Postcolonialism and the Environment
- Origins, Outcomes, and the Meaning of Postcolonial Diversity
- Perspectives on Globalization and Subalternity
- Postcolonialism, Globalization, and the ‘Asia Question’
- Our Sea of Islands: Globalization, Regionalism, and (Trans) Nationalism in the Pacific
- Africa and its Diasporas
- Postcolonializing the Americas
- Irritating Europe
- What was Globalization?
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter looks at and beyond the cluster of approaches recently constituted as ‘postcolonial ecocriticism’ (Huggan and Tiffin), in order to consider the place of the environment and environmentalisms in postcolonial literature and theory. Sensitive to the tensions inherent in such a project, the chapter examines the convergences and contradictions of environmental and postcolonial theory around a number of key themes, including knowledge and representation, indigeneity, gender, animals, justice and globalization. Drawing on recent work on postcolonial, environmental and animal studies (Ahuja, DeLoughrey and Handley, Huggan and Tiffin, Wolch), the chapter argues that, just as the material and cultural violence of colonialism reverberates throughout human and other-than-human worlds, the projects of social and environmental justice must be symbiotically entwined.
Dana Mount is Assistant Professor in English at cape Breton University (Canada), where she teaches world and indigenous literature. Previous research has focused on the concept of everyday environmentalisms in postcolonial literature; she has also done work on the discourse surrounding water issues for the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health.
Susie O’Brien is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University (Canada). Her research is on postcolonial literature and the concept of resilience in postcolonial ecology and culture.
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