Bioregionalism is an innovative way of thinking about place
and planet from an ecological perspective. Although bioregional
ideas occur regularly in ecocritical writing, until now no
systematic effort has been made to outline the principles of
bioregional literary criticism and to use it as a way to read,
write, understand, and teach literature.
The twenty-four original essays here are written by an outstanding
selection of international scholars. The range of bioregions
covered is global and includes such diverse places as British
Columbia's Meldrum Creek and Italy's Po River Valley, the Arctic
and the Outback. There are even forays into cyberspace and outer
space. In their comprehensive introduction, the editors map the
terrain of the bioregional movement, including its history and
potential to inspire and invigorate place-based and environmental
Responding to bioregional tenets, this volume is divided into four
sections. The essays in the "Reinhabiting" section narrate
experiments in living-in-place and restoring damaged environments.
The "Rereading" essays practice bioregional literary criticism,
both by examining texts with strong ties to bioregional paradigms
and by opening other, less-obvious texts to bioregional analysis.
In "Reimagining," the essays push bioregionalism to evolve-by
expanding its corpus of texts, coupling its perspectives with other
approaches, or challenging its core constructs. Essays in the
"Renewal" section address bioregional pedagogy, beginning with
local habitat studies and concluding with musings about the
In response to the environmental crisis, we must reimagine our
relationship to the places we inhabit. This volume shows how
literature and literary studies are fundamental tools to such a
Subjects: Language & Literature, Biological Sciences
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