Paper: Knowing Genre, Knowing Nature. Econarratology, Genre and Climate Fiction

In September 2015 I presented a paper on ecocriticism and narratology at the ASLE-UKI Conference (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment - UK and Ireland) in Cambridge. Genre is key to the stories we tell about nature - it shapes the form these stories takes and how we interpret them. The paper provides … Continue reading Paper: Knowing Genre, Knowing Nature. Econarratology, Genre and Climate Fiction

Wild imagination: the appeal of real and imaginary wilderness

This past weekend, Dutch news agencies reported the return of the wolf to the Netherlands, over a hundred years after the last time a wolf was seen in the country. The return of the species was much anticipated and debated by organizations such as Wolven in Nederland ("Wolves in the Netherlands"). The existence of organizations … Continue reading Wild imagination: the appeal of real and imaginary wilderness

“All practices of exploration are embodied” – Postscript on Gender and Nature Writing

Last month’s post Typically Feminine? Or, Gender in New Nature Writing generated some great responses from others interested in and working on (new) nature writing. Some rightly challenged the limits of the rough dichotomy I sketched between male and female writing, others recognized it, or even admitted to avoiding some works by male nature writers … Continue reading “All practices of exploration are embodied” – Postscript on Gender and Nature Writing