Imaginative Ecologies: Inspiring Change through the Humanities highlights the role literature and visual arts play in fostering sustainability. It weaves together contributions by international scholars, practitioners and environmental activists whose insights are brought together to illustrate how creative imaginations can inspire change. One of the most outstanding characteristic of this volume is its interdisciplinarity and its varied methods of inquiry. The field of environmental humanities is discussed together with ideas such as the role of the public intellectual and el buen vivir. Examples of ecofiction from the UK, the US and Spain are analysed while artistic practices aimed at raising awareness of the effects of the Anthropocene are presented as imaginative ways of reacting against climate change and rampant capitalism.
Diana Villanueva-Romero is a Lecturer in the English Department of the Universidad de Extremadura (Spain) and a member of the research groups “Lenguas y culturas en la Europa moderna: discurso e identidad” (CILEM; Universidad de Extremadura) and “Grupo de investigación en ecocrítica” (GIECO; Franklin Institute, Universidad de Alcalá).
Lorraine Kerslake is a Lecturer in the English Department of the University of Alicante (Spain) and a member of GIECO. She is also a member of the Research Institute for Gender Studies at Alicante University and author of The Voice of Nature in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children (2018).
Carmen Flys-Junquera has recently retired as Senior Lecturer of American Literature and Ecocriticism from the University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain. She was the founder and now member of the GIECO ecocritical research group and head researcher of the funded grant underlying this publication. She founded and continues as Editor in Chief of Ecozon@. European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment.
List of Figures
Introduction: Imaginative Ecologies: Inspiring Change through the Humanities Diana Villanueva-Romero, Lorraine Kerslake and Carmen Flys-Junquera
PART 1: Humanists in Conversation
1 Environmental Humanities and the Public Intellectual Scott Slovic
2 Humanities in Transition in the European Context Interview with Christof Mauch Diana Villanueva-Romero
3 “El Buen Vivir” is Harmony with the Earth Interview with Rafael Chanchari Pizuri Juan Carlos Galeano
PART 2: Interpreting Eco-Visions
4 Environmental Imagination and Wonder in Beatrix Potter Lorraine Kerslake
5 Foregrounding Ecosystems: Thinking with the Work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison Chris Fremantle and Anne Douglas
6 New Worlds Beyond Reality: Imagined Futures in Laura Gallego’s Las hijas de Tara Irene Sanz-Alonso
7 Simon Ortiz’s Narrative and Joy Harjo’s Poems: Towards Regenerative Societies and New Worlds Imelda Martín-Junquera
8 When Mater Takes a Position Post-Anthropocentric Landscapes in Contemporary Art Bárbara Fluxá Álvarez-Miranda
PART 3: Inspiring Change
9 Sense of Place as an Enhancer of Empathy and Ecological Consciousness in the Baix Llobregat Carma Casulá
10 Building Stories to Change the World: Interview with Starhawk Carmen Flys-Junquera and Beatriz Lindo-Mañas
11 Eco-Interactions: Art and Community Elena Sánchez-Vizcaíno and Lucía Loren Atienza
Epilogue: Chickens like Celebrities: A Short Story José Manuel Marrero-Henríquez
Environmental humanities and environmental studies scholars, students and research institutions; literary and fine arts scholars and creators, in addition to wider audiences in the artistic and activist communities. Graduate level courses in EH.