Search

Environmental Futures

An International Literary Anthology

Edited by Caren Irr

A global anthology, curated by experts from around the world, draws on fiction and poetry to examine environmental challenges and their implications for communities.

Featuring short stories, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction from around the world, this anthology showcases contemporary literature that envisions the future of the environment. While environmental literature written in English has been dominated by English and American men who make solo explorations into an unspoiled natural world, Environmental Futures emphasizes local and indigenous writers contending with global landscapes that are far from pristine. Their work opens up decolonial perspectives from Anglophone Africa, South Asia, India, and China, South America, the peripheries of Europe, and BIPoC North America. Introducing many writers who will be unfamiliar to English-speaking readers, this collection explores resistance to the oil economy; the impact of storms and natural disasters; extinction; and relations between humans and animals, among other themes.

The pieces are organized by geographical area in five sections: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Expert scholars and translators—Kurt Cavender, Roberto Forns-Broggi, Cajetan Iheka, Upamanyu (Pablo) Mukherjee, Irina Sadovina, and Shaobo Xie—selected the works and provided critical introductions for each section.

Paper: $35 | Cloth: $150 | E-book: $34.95
ISBN-13: 9781684582129
Pages: 360 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: May 27, 2024
Screenshot-2023-10-11-at-16.51.58

This book is a winner.

Imre Szeman

University of Toronto Scarborough

Reviews

  • This book is a winner. There’s nothing like it currently available for readers and instructors – nothing even close. It provides a range of texts never before available in English and puts these in dialogue with ones which have been available.

    Imre Szeman
    Director of the Institute for Environment, Conservation and Sustainability, University of Toronto Scarborough

About the Author

Caren Irr

Caren Irr is professor of English and Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Professor of Humanities at Brandeis University. She is the author or editor of seven previous books, among them Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the Twenty- First Century and The Suburb of Dissent: Cultural Politics in the United States and Canada during the 1930s.

Roberto Forns-Broggi

Roberto Forns-Broggi, Ph.D., is a professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was born in Lima, Peru and speaks Spanish fluently. Forns-Broggi has been teaching at MSU Denver since 1998. He is the faculty chair for the Modern Language Department Committee. Forns-Broggi also taught at Universidad Nacionla de Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina for 13 years. He has taught classes about intercultural communication through literature and …

Kurt Cavender

Kurt holds a PhD in American Literature from Brandeis University, with a focus on modern and contemporary print and screen culture. His research has been published in the journals College Literature, Post45, and Arizona Quarterly, as well as the edited collections Reading Modernism with Machines (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and Literature and Event (Routledge 2021). Most recently, he has served as the North America section editor for The Environmental Futures Reader

Cajetan Iheka

Cajetan Iheka specializes in African literature, ecocriticism, ecomedia, and postcolonial literature. He serves as director of the Whitney Humanities Center, chair of the Council on African Studies, and head of the Africa Initiative at Yale. Professor Iheka is the author of Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in African Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2018), winner of the 2019 Ecocriticism Book Award of the Association for the Study …

Upamanyu Mukherjee

Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee is professor of Anglophone world-literature at Oxford University. He researches across four interrelated fields—colonial and postcolonial literatures, environmental humanities, world-literary studies, and Victorian studies. He is the author of five mono- graphs—Crime Fiction and Empire (2003); Postcolonial Environments: Nature, Culture and the Contemporary Indian Novel in English (2010); Natural Disasters and Victorian Imperial Culture …

Shaobo Xie

Anik Chartrand

Nik Chartrand is a second-year MA English Literature student and ENGL 250 instructor from Winnipeg, Canada. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2018 with a BA in English Literature and a Certificate of Editing and Publishing. Her research interests focus primarily on postcolonialism, Caribbean literature, and gender and sexuality studies. She is currently working on her thesis which focuses on defiant female narratives under dictatorships in the Caribbean during the 20th …

Irina Sadovina

Caren Irr is professor of English and Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Professor of Humanities at Brandeis University. She is the author or editor of seven previous books, among them Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the Twenty- First Century and The Suburb of Dissent: Cultural Politics in the United States and Canada during the 1930s.

Other Recent Titles

The Prelude

William Wordsworth, Edited by James Engell and Michael D. Raymond

On James Baldwin

Colm Tóibín

Books Like Sapphires

Ann Brener

Mazaltob

Written by Blanche Bendahan. Edited by Yaëlle Azagury & Frances Malino

One Planet, Many Worlds

Dipesh Chakrabarty