Ecocriticism and Shakespeare: Reading Ecophobia. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Shortlisted for the Shakespeare's Globe First Book Award (2012).
of the "Writing in the Humanities Book Award" from the National Research Foundation, Korea (2011)!
those of us who turn to him for intellectual provocation, this book is a more-than-welcome contribution to Shakespeare scholarship,
to ecocriticism, and to critical theory." - Dan Brayton, Middlebury College, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature
and the Environment
"'Ecophobia' has already begun to gain currency, making Estok the first early modernist
to have a perceptible impact on ecocriticism. This alone would make Ecocriticism and Shakespeare a milestone work,
setting aside its other considerable merits. It balances the claims of historicism and presentism, activism and theoretical
integrity more deftly than previous studies. It unearths fresh or unsung categories in Shakespearean criticism such as environmental
fear, disgust, and sleep. It dares those who teach Shakespeare to practice an activist pedagogy that engages students in environmental
politics." - Early Modern Literary Studies
“In this thorough and original study, Estok widens the scope of ecological
criticism in two ways. Estok contributes to the emerging field of early modern ecological studies in an excellent investigation
of Shakespeare and outlines a theory of ecophobia, tracing its genesis through gender and psychoanalytic thinking. Estok challenges
us to think deeply about ecology, theory, and culture.”—Timothy Morton, Professor of English, University of California
Davis and author of The Ecological Thought
“In this ecology of reading and reading of
ecology, Estok moves beyond the earlier studies of nature in Shakespeare to an important exploration of reading and representation
that addresses the crisis in our environment and that provides another way to understand and resist alienation and stereotyping.”--Jonathan
Hart, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Alberta
“A fresh and theoretically sophisticated analysis of Shakespearean drama through
the lens of ecophobia. Estok's work is known for making the uncomfortable inaccuracies between theory and practice visible,
highlighting the distinction between ecocriticism’s activist origins and its institutionalization within the academy.
He persistently brings questions of economic privilege, race, gender, sexuality, and nation to bear on environmental and literary
topics.”--Greta Gaard, Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and author of The
Nature of Home
“This is the book we have been awaiting
from Simon Estok. Theoretically challenging to both Shakespeareans and ecocritics alike, its combinations of ethics and scholarship,
close reading and polemics, originality and lucidity, make it essential reading for students and scholars who want to see
cutting-edge criticism at work.”--Terry Gifford, Visiting Professor at University of Chichester and Profesor Honorario
en Universidad de Alicante and author of Green Voices, Reconnecting with John Muir, and Pastoral
This book offers
the term “ecophobia” as a way of understanding and organizing representations of contempt for the natural world.
Estok argues that this vocabulary is both necessary to the developing area of ecocritical studies and for understandings of
the representations of “Nature” in Shakespeare. Engaging close readings with theoretical sophistication
make this book a path-breaking contribution to both Shakespearean scholarship and the burgeoning field of ecocriticism.
East Asian Ecocriticisms: A Critical Reader.
Eds. Simon C. Estok and W.C. Kim. New York and London: Macmillan, 2013.
"As an American ecocritic who has visited East Asia more than fifty times in the past twenty years,
I am delighted to welcome this effort to introduce East Asian scholarship to Western readers. These fourteen voices represent
one fascinating petal of the lotus flower of East Asian ecocriticism. I hope readers will take this volume as an invitation
to continue learning about the diverse vernacular ecocritical perspectives in East Asia (and throughout the world). Good ideas
should flow in many directions." - Scott Slovic, Professor, University of Idaho, USA and editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary
Studies in Literature and Environment
"This volume contributes
to a reorienting of the transnational praxis of ecocriticism through a commingling of perspectives, theories, literary texts,
and cultural phenomena. As a portent of even greater contributions in the future, these essays embody the best of an ethical
ecocritical engagement." - Patrick D. Murphy, Professor and Chair, English, UCF, USA and author of Ecocritical Explorations
in Literary and Cultural Studies and other works
activists and scholars will be surprised to discover how deeply East Asian thinkers have already gone in the field of ecocriticism.
The environmental problems faced by Korea, Japan, and China are enormous. Writers and all other concerned people in these
landscapes have seen it happening and are responding deeply and intelligently. This book is an eye-opener for all the rest
of us." - Gary Snyder, Professor, UC Davis, USA
essays by speakers of Chinese, Hangul, Japanese and Taiwanese - who write compellingly in English - this collection reveals
the specific geo-political and cultural situations that are shaping the aesthetics of the most revered and cutting-edge literatures
being read by one-fourth of the world's population. These essays introduce the wild species thriving in the DMZ, a place studded
with two million land mines, and explain the significance of the endangered pink dolphins of western Taiwan and Xiamui, China.
Each essay excellently gives a sense of how a decade of vibrant work to establish ecocriticism in East Asia has powerfully
shifted the global environmental humanities in necessary and important ways that will make every ecocritic want to read this
book." - Joni Adamson, Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, USA
and 2012 President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
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