- The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism
- List of Contributors
- Being Green in Late Medieval English Literature
- Shadows of the Renaissance
- Romanticism and Ecocriticism
- Cholera, Kipling, and Tropical India
- Ecocriticism and Modernism
- W. E. B. Du Bois at the Grand Canyon: Nature, History, and Race in Darkwater
- Pataphysics and Postmodern Ecocriticism: A Prospectus
- Ecocriticism and the Politics of Representation
- Cosmovisions: Environmental Justice, Transnational American Studies, and Indigenous Literature
- Feminist Science Studies and Ecocriticism: Aesthetics and Entanglement in the Deep Sea
- Mediating Climate Change: Ecocriticism, Science Studies, and The Hungry Tide
- Ecocriticism, Posthumanism, and the Biological Idea of Culture
- Ferality Tales
- Biosemiotic Criticism
- Deconstruction and/as Ecology
- Queer Life? Ecocriticism After the Fire
- Extinctions: Chronicles of Vanishing Fauna in the Colonial and Postcolonial Caribbean
- Ecocritical Approaches to Literary Form and Genre: Urgency, Depth, Provisionality, Temporality
- Are You Serious? A Modest Proposal for Environmental Humor
- Is American Nature Writing Dead?
- Environmental Writing for Children: A Selected Reconnaissance of Heritages, Emphases, Horizons
- The Contemporary English Novel and its Challenges to Ecocriticism
- “A Music Numerous as Space”: Cognitive Environment and the House that Lyric Builds
- Rethinking Eco-Film Studies
- Green Banjo: The Ecoformalism of Old-Time Music
- Media Moralia: Reflections on Damaged Environments and Digital Life
- Talking About Climate Change: The Ecological Crisis and Narrative Form
- Ecocriticism in Japan
- Engaging with Prakriti: A Survey of Ecocritical Praxis in India
- Chinese Ecocriticism in the Last Ten Years
- German Ecocriticism: An Overview
- Barrier Beach
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This article proposes the concept of environmental humor. It discusses David Gessner’s essay about why environmental writers do see more humor in the subject of our studies and why they do not employ more humor in our scholarly and creative work. It explains the scientific evidence of the health benefits of humor and laughter and argues that environmental writers, scholars and activists could present a more powerfully emotive case by embracing humor.
Michael Branch is Professor of Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published many books and articles on environmental literature, and is also a humorist and essayist whose work appears often in journals and magazines. His “Rants from the Hill” essays appear monthly in High Country News online.
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