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date: 21 November 2019

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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.

Keywords: Environment, ecology, ecocriticism, postcolonialism, animals

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