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.
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
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
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.