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Dr. Patrick D. Murphy is a Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Central Florida. Founding editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, he has authored Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies (2009), Farther Afield in the Study of Nature Oriented Literature (2000), A Place for Wayfaring: The Poetry and Prose of Gary Snyder (2000), and Literature, Nature, and Other: Ecofeminist Critiques (1995). He has also edited or co-edited such books as Essentials of the Theory of Fiction (3rd ed. 2005), The Literature of Nature: An International Sourcebook (1998), and Ecofeminist Literary Criticism and Pedagogy (1998). He teaches critical theory, modern and contemporary American literature, comparative literature, ecocriticism and ecofeminism. Recently, he has focused attention on promoting ecocriticism in China.
Introduction: Unpacking the Terms of my Title and Outlining the Organization of my Text
Chapter One: Dialoguing with Bakhtin on Our Ethical Responsiblility to Anothers
Chapter Two: Furnishing the Study for Performing the Household by Resolving Static Cling: The Procession of Identity and Ecology in Contemporary Literature
Chapter Three: Subjects, Identities, Bodies, and Selves: Siblings, Symbiotes, and the Ecological Stakes of Self Perception
Chapter Four: An Ecological Feminist Revisioning of the Masculinist Sublime
Chapter Five: Consumption as Addiction, Sustainability as Recovery
Chapter Six: Community Resilience and the Cosmopolitan Role in Environmental Challenge-Response Novels
Chapter Seven: The Poetic Politics of Ecological Inhabitation in Neruda's Canto General, and Cardenal's Cosmic Canticle
Chapter Eight: The Dilemma of Terraforming in Three Parts
Chapter Nine: Damning Damming Modernity: The Destructive Role of Megadams
Chapter Ten: Preparing on the Plateau of Peak Oil
Chapter Eleven: Conclusion
In Transversal Ecocritical Praxis, Patrick D. Murphy not only extends his important earlier exhortations to ecocritics to think in comparative, transnational contexts, but he now explicitly demonstrates through the strategies of 'transversality' how such comparative readings of texts might occur in various contexts. Murphy’s work, always pushing new conceptual and cultural and generic frontiers, will be of tremendous interest to ecocritics and to scholars of comparative literature more generally.
— Scott Slovic, University of Idaho
Articulating a methodological approach to ecocriticism, Murphy (English, Univ. of Central Florida) coins a new term that captures the intertwined nature of theory, critical practice, cultural studies, and social actions: transversal. In one sense, the author answers recent calls for more theoretical work in ecocriticism, using the word transversal to call attention to the processes of 'alliances and commingling' by which humans and 'more-than-humans' generate community in the face of difference. Contesting the viability of separating theory from practice, however, Murphy also models the dialogic relationships among transversal theory, literary analysis, ecological activism, and cultural critique. Following an introduction to the theory, a series of chapters plays out the employment of transversal ecocritical praxis within contextualized investigations of a variety of topics, texts, and human activities. Chapters consider identity, the sublime, the analogy between consumption and addiction, 'terraforming,' 'megadams,' and the future of the Okinawan economy. The articulation of Murphy's theoretical approach is at times compromised by the details of his textual and cultural analyses, but the richness of the chapters attests to the power of the conceptual framework. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.
— Choice Reviews
Murphy's book is to be commended for the forthrightness with which it grapples with urgent and difficult issues of our time, and its compelling desire to find a new language in order to call attention to ecological issues is compelling. . . .Murphy's is a study which will certainly influence multiple trajectories if not open up serious debate about the position of the ecocritic. By calling attention to an array of global events and literary fictions through multiple lenses...the book has a wide appeal for readers in a variety of ecocritical fields.
— Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism
The elegant movement between method and application, breadth of vision and detailed analysis, intervention and celebration, makes this volume an exemplar of ecocriticism as ‘ethical turn.’ I recommend it for old hands and newcomers alike: Transversal Ecocritical Praxis has something to teach us all.
— ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment