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978-1-4985-3827-5 • Hardback • June 2016 • $103.00 • (£79.00)
978-1-4985-3828-2 • eBook • June 2016 • $97.50 • (£75.00)
Chia-ju Chang is associate professor of Chinese at Brooklyn College, The City University of New York.
Scott Slovic is professor of literature and environment and chair of the English Department at the University of Idaho.
Introduction - Chia-ju Chang and Scott Slovic
Section One: Island Identities, Eco-postcolonial Historiography, and Alter(native) Strategies
Section Two: Slow Violence, Creative Activism, and Environmental Movements
- Going Back into a Future of Simplicity: Taiwan Aborigines’ Sustainable Utilization of Natural resources - Ming-tu Yang
- (W)ri(gh)ting Climate Change in Neqou Soqluman’s Work - Hsinya Huang
- Taiwanese Mountain and River Literature from a Postcolonial Perspective - Peter I-min Huang
- Taiwan Is A Whale: The Emerging Oneness of Dark Blue and Human Identity in Chia-Hsiang Wang’s Historical Fiction - Shu-fen Tsai
- Agrarian Origin Stories, National Imaginaries, and the Ironies of Modern Environmentalism: On Chi-Po Lin’s Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above - Hannes Bergthaller
Section Three: Animal Fiction, Avant-garde Art, and Posthumanist Ecoaesthetics
- Toxic Objects, Slow Violence, and the Ethics of Trans-Corporeality in Chi Wen-Chang’s The Poisoned Sky - Robin Chen-hsing Tsai
- Imagining the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Spectacles of Environmental Disaster: Environmental Entanglement and Literary Engagement in Wu Ming-Yi’s The Man with the Compound Eyes - Rose Hsui-li Juan
- If Nature Had a Voice: A Material-Oriented Environmental Reading of The Man with the Compound Eyes - Kathryn Yalan Chang
- Imagining Catastrophe: Nuclear Issues in postwar Taiwan Literature - Hueichu Chu
- Pre-texts for Tree-texts, W.S. Merwin and the Trees of Taiwan - Iris Ralph
- Revisiting Resistance: Urban Foraging, Public Markets, and New Organic Landscape - Serena Shiuhhuah Chou
- What’s in a Plant?: The Transcorporeality in Yucca Invest Trading Plant - Iping Liang
- Becoming-Animal: Liu Kexiang’s Writing Apprenticeship On Birds - Yu-lin Lee
- Aesthetic Configurations and Qualia in Environmental Consciousness in Contemporary Taiwanese Poetry and Installation Art - Dean Anthony Brink
- Utopia in Theatre: Mulian Rescues Mother Earth - Joy Shih-yi Huang
This timely volume provides a clue to understanding the outpourings of environmentalism.... With the landmark publication of this volume, the study of Taiwan’s environmental literature and arts has emerged as a legitimate research field.
— The International Journal of Asian Studies
Ecocriticism in Taiwan is a remarkable collection of fifteen essays that expertly introduce and rigorously analyze the longstanding commitment of Taiwanese artists, academics, and activists to confronting local and global ecological challenges. Captivating sections on the alternative strategies exhibited by Taiwan’s aboriginal societies, creative activism and environmental movements, and avant-garde art and posthumanist ecoasethetics draw long overdue attention to Taiwan’s cosmopolitan vernacularism and contribute significantly to promoting a transnational environmental consciousness.
— Karen Thornber, Harvard University
In the 1990s, Taiwan embraced, nurtured, and globally networked the field of ecocriticism. In this long-awaited volume, Chang and Slovic bring the island’s most renowned ecocritical leaders together with fast-rising scholars to illustrate Taiwan’s significant and continuing contribution to the field. Among the thought-provoking topics and vexing issues discussed are Han Chinese poetry, Taiwanese aboriginal cultures and arts, women’s nature writing, food, deforestation, and documentary film. Readers will discover why Taiwan is rightly recognized as one of the intellectual epicenters of ecocriticism.
— Joni Adamson, Professor, Environmental Humanities, Arizona State University, and co-editor, Keywords for Environmental Studies
Taiwan has long been a powerhouse of global ecocriticism, but the full depth and breadth of scholarly work on the island has never been available to Anglophone critics - until now. The editors’ term ‘cosmopolitan vernacular ecocriticism’ encapsulates the impressive range of relationships to place, land, nation, and planet articulated in this wonderfully illuminating collection.
— Greg Garrard, University of British Columbia Okanagan