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978-1-4985-6401-4 • Hardback • November 2019 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
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Beate Neumeier is professor of English literature at the University of Koln in Germany.
Helen Tiffin is adjunct professor of post-colonial and animal studies at the University of New England, Australia.
AcknowledgmentsIntroductionBeate NeumeierSection 1: Politics of the Land and Indigenous Knowledge1 The Museumesque in Pristine WildernessAlexis Wright 2 The Smooth Spaceof theNomads: IndigenousOutopia, IndigenousHeterotopiaand the Exampleof AustraliaNorbert Finzsch 3 From Reverence to Rampage: Care for Country vs. Ruthless ExploitationCatherine Laudine Section 2: Colonial Legacies and Current Environmental Concerns 4 Australian Conservation Policies and the Owls of Lord Howe IslandHelen Tiffin 5 Biological Colonisation in the Land of FlowersAnna Haebich 6 Moving Trees and Trading Melons: Reconstructing Local Knowledge and Settler Practices in 1840s South AustraliaEva Bischoff Section 3: Ecocriticism and Fieldwork7 Ecologies of the Otherwise: Glimpses of Australia after the Resources BoomCarsten Wergin 8 On The Beaten Track: Ambiguous Wilderness in the Tourist Space of Indigenous Australia Anke Tonnaer9 Yan-nhaŋu Language of the Crocodile Islands: Anchoredness, Kin, and CountryDany Adone, Melanie Brück, Bentley James Section 4: Ecocritical Approaches to Colonial Art10 Reconstructing Representations: ‘Australia’ as Ecocritical AndragogyCA Cranston 11 Killing and Sentiment in the Colonial Australian Kangaroo Hunt NarrativeKen Gelder and Rachael Weaver 12 Marriage, Mining and Environmental Destruction in Nineteenth-Century Fiction about AustraliaPhilip MeadSection 5: Ecocritical Concerns Across Contemporary Arts: Indigenous Voices in Fiction, Poetry and Performing Arts13 Performing the Anthropocene: Marrugeku’s Cut the SkyHelen Gilbert14 Corporate Interest and the Power of Mines in Indigenous Writing and Film: Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria (2006) and Ivan Sen’s Goldstone (2016)Victoria Herche and David Kern 15 Defying the ‘Ecological Indian’: The Urban Ecopoetry of Samuel Wagan WatsonKatrin Althans Section 6: Coda – Crossing Boundaries16 Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: Two Personal AccountsHelen Tiffin and Sandra WilliamsAbout the Contributors
This is a timely and wide-ranging interdisciplinary volume that offers both breadth and depth in its expert coverage of contemporary ecocritical issues in Australia. It comprises an important collection of essays that will be essential reading for environmental humanities scholars and all those concerned with the global and local effects of the Anthropocene.
— Sue Kossew, Monash University
The book does a splendid job in opening up important and inspiring conversations—between writers and scholars, ecocritical as well as postcolonial critics, literary studies, cultural studies, linguistics, and history. A timely must-read for everyone interested in research on Australia and the Environmental Humanities that exemplifies why postcolonial studies should be inherently ecocritical while ecocriticism is inherently postcolonial.
— Roman Bartosch, University of Cologne
This timely and topical volume, with contributions from leading figures in the field, demonstrates the value of ecocritical studies for understanding human agency in a time of environmental crisis. The Australian focus reveals vital global themes including the significance of Indigenous knowledge for the past and future.
— Paul Arthur, Edith Cowan University