Ecocriticism (and its Discontents)

By Maurice O'Sullivan.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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As Ecocriticism gains increasing influence in literary and cultural studies, it faces serious questions about its relationships both with science and politics and with potential partners in feminist theory and postcolonial theory. While Ecocriticism has begun some tentative alliances, its practitioners confront a wide series of challenges that must be resolved before those relationships can evolve. Those challenges range from the deep epistemological divide that has developed historically between scientists and most social scientists and humanists to political questions about the relationship between analysis and action and the hegemony of traditional Western values. Whether ecocritics can marry science with traditions like the anti-technological strains in much postcolonial theory and among many radical environmentalists or mediate some common ground between a priori and a posteriori assumptions about the nature of truth may well define the future of what has become the most vital critical theory of the past two decades.

Keywords: Ecocriticism, Postcolonialism, Science, Epistemology

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.119-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 488.693KB).

Prof. Maurice O'Sullivan

Kenneth Curry Professor of Literature, Department of English, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, USA

Maurice O’Sullivan, Kenneth Curry Professor of Literature, has served as chair of the English Department, chair of the Humanities Division, and President of the Faculty at Rollins College. The author, editor, or co-editor of eight books on topics ranging from Shakespeare and the Bible to popular culture and Florida Studies, he has served as President of the College English Association, received the Charlton Tebeau Award for the Outstanding Book on Florida History and was a finalist for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award. Currently the co-director of the Florida Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Drey Shakespeare Institute, he has received numerous awards and honors, including two silver medals from the CASE National Teacher of the Year program.


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