Italy and the Ecological Imagination: Ecocritical Theories and Practices
What can Italy teach us about our relationships with the nonhuman world in the current socio-environmental crisis? Italy and the Ecological Imagination: Ecocritical Theories and Practices focuses on how Italian writers, activists, visual artists, and philosophers engage with real and fictional environments and how their engagements reflect, critique, and animate the approach that Italian culture has had toward the physical environment and its ecology since late antiquity. Through a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, the essays collected in this volume explore topics including climate change, environmental justice, animal ethics, and socio-environmental degradation to provide a cogent analysis of how Italian ecological narratives fit within the current transnational debate occurring in the Environmental Humanities.
The aim of Italy and the Ecological Imagination is thus to explore non-anthropocentric modes of thinking and interacting with the nonhuman world. The goal is to provide accounts of how Italian historical records have potentially shaped our environmental imagination and how contemporary Italian authors are developing approaches beyond humanism in order to raise questions about the role of humans in a possible (or potentially) post-natural world. Ultimately, the volume will offer a critical map of Italian contributions to our contemporary investigation of the relationships between human and nonhuman habitats and communities.
Benvegnù, D., & Gilebbi, M. (Eds.), Italy and the Ecological Imagination: Ecocritical Theories and Practices, Vernon Press, 2022.
The volume is available at the following address: https://vernonpress.com/book/1293