Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of Ecological Loss and Grief

Category: Book
Edited By: Cunsolo, Ashlee
Edited By: Landman, Karen
Subject:  LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Nature
  NATURE / Ecology
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  SCIENCE / Environmental Science (see also Chemistry / Environmental)
Publisher: McGill-Queen
Published: May 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.90in
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From The Publisher*We are facing unprecedented environmental challenges, including global climate change, large-scale industrial development, rapidly increasing species extinction, ocean acidification, and deforestation- challenges that require new vocabularies and new ways to express grief and sorrow over the disappearance, degradation, and loss of nature. Seeking to redress the silence around ecologically based anxiety in academic and public domains, and to extend the concepts of sadness, anger, and loss, Mourning Nature creates a lexicon for the recognition and expression of emotions related to environmental degradation. Exploring the ways in which grief is experienced in numerous contexts, this groundbreaking collection draws on classical, philosophical, artistic, and poetic elements to explain environmental melancholia. Understanding that it is not just how we mourn but what we mourn that defines us, the authors introduce new perspectives on conservation, sustainability, and our relationships with nature. An ecological elegy for a time of climatic and environmental upheaval, Mourning Nature challenges readers to turn devastating events into an opportunity for positive change. Contributors include Glenn Albrecht (Murdoch University, retired); Jessica Marion Barr (Trent University); Sebastian Braun (University of North Dakota); Ashlee Cunsolo (Labrador Institute of Memorial University); Amanda Di Battista (York University); Franklin Ginn (University of Edinburgh); Bernie Krause (soundscape ecologist, author, and independent scholar); Lisa Kretz (University of Evansville); Karen Landman (University of Guelph); Patrick Lane (Poet); Andrew Mark (independent scholar); Nancy Menning (Ithaca College); John Charles Ryan (University of New England); Catriona Sandilands (York University); and Helen Whale (independent scholar).
From The Publisher*A pioneering work exploring the implications for politics, ethics, and praxis.
Review Quote*Meet editors Karen Landman & Ashlee Consolo Tuesday May 30 at 7 pm in the bookstore. "This is a major collection that addresses an issue that has received relatively little attention despite its long-standing centrality to environmental concerns. It will become a place-maker for very important future work." Mick Smith, Queen's University
Review Quote*"This multidisciplinary collection will appeal to readers who work in ecocriticism, animal studies, extinction studies, psychology, counselling and therapy, social work, place studies, geography, the Anthropocene, sustainability issues, and the environmental arts. While scholarly in nature, it is accessible to general readers who might be struggling with feelings related to environmental loss, geographical displacement, and activist burnout." Pamela Banting, University of Calgary
Biographical NoteAshlee Cunsolo is director of the Labrador Institute and an adjunct professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Karen Landman is professor of landscape architecture at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph.