- 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 investigates how a particular vision of a diseased tropical environment grew out of the dynamics of British imperialism in the Indian subcontinent and how this vision was simultaneously reinforced and interrogated in the work of Rudyard Kipling, who was considered the bard of the empire. It analyzes the issue of so-called palliative imperialism in the works of Kipling and describes how the debates about cholera conducted by the imperial doctors produced a contested and contradictory idea of tropicality. This article also argues that the embedding of the idea of a global, tropical diseased environment through the techniques of empire in the nineteenth-century should enable us to place disease and medicine as key elements in any exercise of postcolonial ecocriticism.
Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee is a Reader at the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick University. He is the author of three monographs - Crime and Empire (2003), Postcolonial Environments (2010) and Natural Disasters and Empire (2013). He has also edited a special issue of the Yearbook of English on 'Victorian World Literatures' (2011) and published widely in scholarly journals and edited collections.
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