- 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 examines the history of Japanese ecocriticism. It explains that while the association between literature and nature is so deeply imprinted in the Japanese mind, environmentally oriented literary criticism did not exist in Japan until it was imported from the United States in the middle of the 1990s. It discusses the shift in Japan’s academic landscape of literary environmentalism and describes the three major phases in the emergence of Japanese ecocriticism. These include the introduction of the literary movement from the early 1990s to 2000, the development of a comparative approach in the 2000s, and the cross-fertilization between ecocriticism and Japanese literary studies in the late 2000s to the present.
Yuki Masami is Professor at Kanazawa University, Japan, where she teaches environmental literature and EFL. Yuki’s recent works include Mizu no oto no kioku [Remembering the Sound of Water: Essays in Ecocriticism] (2010) and Tabi no houe [The Hearth of Contemporary Japanese Women Writers: Ecocritical Approaches to Literary Foodscapes] (2012).
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