Environmental Awareness and the Design of Literature offers analyses of the diverse ways in which literature helps us escape the rigid frames of commonly assumed worldviews and modes of seeing. Literary works are endowed with a capacity not only to reflect or to mediate, but to resist our environment, and thus to affect and transform our relation to the physical world. Each essay points to the way literature shapes the human perception of environment as intellectual adventures and forays that draw upon a number of historical, aesthetic, philosophical and phenomenological stances.
François Specq is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and a researcher affiliated with the CNRS (IHRIM). He is co-editor of
Thoreauvian Modernities: Transatlantic Conversations on an American Icon (2013), and of
Pedestrian Mobility in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts: From the 18th Century to the Present (2016).
Table of contents
François Specq: The World Outside In (Literature): An Introduction
François Gavillon: American Ecocriticism and the Ethic of Commitment
Anne Dromart: Urban Environment and Narrative Domains in Defoe's Novels
François Specq: Thoreau’s Environmental Humanism
Bertrand Guest: Environmental Awareness and Geography: Reading Reclus Ecocritically
Jean-Daniel Collomb: Ecological Awareness and the Democratic Consensus: John Muir’s
Michel Granger: John C. Van Dyke,
The Desert (1901): Under the Shadow of the Artificial Desert
Alexa Weik von Mossner: Encountering the Sahara: Embodiment, Emotion, and Material Agency in Paul Bowles's
The Sheltering Sky Nathalie Cochoy: Dillard Dancing:
An American Childhood Alain Suberchicot: On Duff Wilson: Community, Agribusiness and Environmental Testimony