Imaginative Ecologies

Inspiring Change through the Humanities


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.
Open Access
Download PDF

Prices from (excl. shipping):

Add to Cart
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.
  • Collapse
  • Expand