Framing the Environmental Humanities


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The concept of framing has long intrigued and troubled scholars in fields including philosophy, rhetoric, media studies and literary criticism. But framing also has rich implications for environmental debate, urging us to reconsider how we understand the relationship between humans and their ecological environment, culture and nature.
The contributors to this wide-ranging volume use the concept of framing to engage with key questions in environmental literature, history, politics, film, TV, and pedagogy. In so doing, they show that framing can serve as a valuable analytical tool connecting different academic discourses within the emergent interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. No less importantly, they demonstrate how increased awareness of framing strategies and framing effects can help us move society in a more sustainable direction.

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Hannes Bergthaller, Ph.D. (University of Bonn, 2004) is professor of English at National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan. He specializes in the literature and cultural history of U.S. environmentalism. Among his recent publications are an edited special issue on ecocriticism and environmental history in ISLE and on ecocriticism and comparative literature in Komparatistik.

Peter Mortensen, Ph.D. (The Johns Hopkins University, 1998), is associate professor of English at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the author of British Romanticism and Continental Influences and many essays on 19th- and 20th-century literature and culture.

1 Introduction: Framing Nature
Hannes Bergthaller and Peter Mortensen

Part 1: Literary Frames

2 Framing in Literary Energy Narratives
Axel Goodbody

3 Narrating in Fluid Frames: Overcoming Anthropocentrism in Zora Neale Hurston’s Early Short Fiction on Rivers
Matthias Klestil

4 320 Million Years, a Century, a Quarter of a Mile, a Couple of Paces: Framing the ‘Good Step’ in Tim Robinson’s Stones of Aran
Pippa Marland

Part 2: History, Politics, and National Frames

5 Ghosts, Power, and the Natures of Nature: Reconstructing the World of Jón Guðmundsson the Learned
Viðar Hreinsson

6 Reframing Sacred Natural Sites as National Monuments in Estonia: Shifts in Nature-Culture Interactions
Ott Heinapuu

7 Animals in Norwegian Political Party Programs: A Critical Reading
Morten Tønnessen

8 Chemical Unknowns: Preliminary Outline for an Environmental History of Fear
Michael Egan

9 Czeching American Nature Images in the Work of Robinson Jeffers and John Steinbeck
Petr Kopecký

Part 3: Framing Nature on Screen

10 Black-and-White Telecasting? Water Pollution on Finnish and Estonian Television during the Cold War
Ottoaleksi Tähkäpää and Simo Laakkonen

11 Who’s Framing Whom? Surrealism and Science in the Documentaries of Jean Painlevé
Kathryn St. Ours

12 Cognitivist Film Theory and the Bioculturalist Turn in Eco-Film Studies
David Ingram

Part 4: Teaching Frames

13 Framing the Alien, Teaching District 9
Roman Bartosch

14 The Nature Study Idea: Framing Nature for Children in Early Twentieth Century Schools
Dorothy Kass

15 Matter, Meaning, and the Classroom: A Case-Study
Isabel Hoving

16 Postscript: Framing the Environmental Humanities
Hannes Bergthaller and Peter Mortensen
Anyone interested in ecocriticism, ecomedia, ecopedagogy, ecopolitics or environmental history, and anyone concerned with environmental crisis and the development of environmental humanities as an interdisciplinary research field.
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