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
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.
Table of contents
Introduction: Framing Nature Hannes Bergthaller and Peter Mortensen
Part 1: Literary Frames
Framing in Literary Energy Narratives Axel Goodbody
Narrating in Fluid Frames: Overcoming Anthropocentrism in Zora Neale Hurston’s Early Short Fiction on Rivers Matthias Klestil
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
Ghosts, Power, and the Natures of Nature: Reconstructing the World of Jón Guðmundsson the Learned Viðar Hreinsson
Reframing Sacred Natural Sites as National Monuments in Estonia: Shifts in Nature-Culture Interactions Ott Heinapuu
Animals in Norwegian Political Party Programs: A Critical Reading Morten Tønnessen
Chemical Unknowns: Preliminary Outline for an Environmental History of Fear Michael Egan
Czeching American Nature Images in the Work of Robinson Jeffers and John Steinbeck Petr Kopecký
Part 3: Framing Nature on Screen
Black-and-White Telecasting? Water Pollution on Finnish and Estonian Television during the Cold War Ottoaleksi Tähkäpää and Simo Laakkonen
Who’s Framing Whom? Surrealism and Science in the Documentaries of Jean Painlevé Kathryn St. Ours
Cognitivist Film Theory and the Bioculturalist Turn in Eco-Film Studies David Ingram
Part 4: Teaching Frames
Framing the Alien, Teaching
The Nature Study Idea: Framing Nature for Children in Early Twentieth Century Schools Dorothy Kass
Matter, Meaning, and the Classroom: A Case-Study Isabel Hoving
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.