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The Disposition of Nature: Environmental Crisis and World Literature

Jennifer Wenzel


What role have literature and other cultural imagining played in shaping understandings of the world and the planet, for better and for worse? How might the formal innovations, rhetorical appeals, and sociological imbrication of world literature help confront unevenly distributed environmental challenges, including global warming? This book examines the rivalry between world literature and postcolonial theory from the perspective of environmental humanities, Anthropocene anxiety, and the material turn. Drawing its examples primarily from Africa and South Asia, it takes a contrapuntal approach ... More

Keywords: Anthropocene, corporation, ecocriticism, environmental humanities, environmental justice, globalization, imperialism, new materialism, postcolonial theory, world literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823286782
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Wenzel, author
Columbia University