- 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
Abstract and Keywords
This article analyzes the challenges of contemporary English novel to ecocriticism. It explains that the novel has often been considered to be unsuitable or at least problematic for ecocritical analysis and argues that a broadening of ecocriticism is needed if it wants to develop as a critical practice and continue to raise awareness about environmental concerns. It examines several relevant novels including David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, Jon McGregor’s If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, and Ian McEwan’s Solar.
Astrid Bracke teaches at the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), and has published in English Studies and ISLE. Her current research examines the development of the new British nature writing since 2000, its depiction of contemporary natural landscapes, and particularly the ways in which ecocriticism can engage with these.
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