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Routledge Environmental Humanities


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From microplastics in the sea to hyper-trends such as global climate change, mega-extinction, and widening social disparities and displacement, we live on a planet undergoing tremendous flux and uncertainty. At the center of this transformation is human culture, both contributing to the state of the world and responding to planetary change. The Routledge Environmental Humanities Series seeks to engage with contemporary environmental challenges through the various lenses of the humanities and to explore foundational issues in environmental justice, multicultural environmentalism, ecofeminism, environmental psychology, environmental materialities and textualities, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, environmental communication and information management, multispecies relationships, and related topics. The series is premised on the notion that the arts, humanities, and social sciences, integrated with the natural sciences, are essential to comprehensive environmental studies.

The environmental humanities are a multidimensional discipline encompassing such fields as anthropology, history, literary and media studies, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, and women’s and gender studies; however, the Routledge Environmental Humanities is particularly eager to receive book proposals that explicitly cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, bringing the full force of multiple perspectives to illuminate vexing and profound environmental topics. We favor manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. Our readers include scholars and students from across the span of environmental studies disciplines and thoughtful citizens and policy makers interested in the human dimensions of environmental change.

Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]), to submit proposals.

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The Dance of Death in Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Environmental Stress, Mortality and Social Response

The Dance of Death in Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Environmental Stress, Mortality and Social Response

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Andrea Kiss, Kathleen Pribyl
December 19, 2019

This volume investigates environmental and political crises that occurred in Europe during the late Middle Ages and the early Modern Period, and considers their effects on people’s lives. At this time, the fragile human existence was imagined as a ‘Dance of Death’, where anyone, regardless of...

Writing a New Environmental Era: Moving forward to nature

Writing a New Environmental Era: Moving forward to nature

1st Edition

Ken Hiltner
October 28, 2019

Writing a New Environmental Era first considers and then rejects back-to-nature thinking and its proponents like Henry David Thoreau, arguing that human beings have never lived at peace with nature. Consequently, we need to stop thinking about going back to what never was and instead work at moving...

Sharks in the Arts: From Feared to Revered

Sharks in the Arts: From Feared to Revered

1st Edition

Vivienne Westbrook, Shaun Collin, Dean Crawford, Mark Nicholls
October 18, 2019

This book is the most thorough exploration to date of the many ways in which a wild creature has been absorbed, reimagined and represented across the ages in all of the major art forms. The authors consider not only how the identity of sharks in the natural environment became incorporated into a...

Animals Count: How Population Size Matters in Animal-Human Relations

Animals Count: How Population Size Matters in Animal-Human Relations

1st Edition

Nancy Cushing, Jodi Frawley
October 18, 2019

Whether their populations are perceived as too large, just right, too small or non-existent, animal numbers matter to the humans with whom they share environments. Animals in the right numbers are accepted and even welcomed, but when they are seen to deviate from the human-declared set point, they...

The New Pastoral in Contemporary British Writing

The New Pastoral in Contemporary British Writing

1st Edition

Deborah Lilley
October 17, 2019

This book identifies a major turn in contemporary British literature in response to environmental crisis. It argues that the pastoral is emerging as a new critical framework in which to explore the understanding of people and place in this context. The New Pastoral in Contemporary British Writing...

Plant Ethics: Concepts and Applications

Plant Ethics: Concepts and Applications

1st Edition

Angela Kallhoff, Marcello Di Paola, Maria Schörgenhumer
October 17, 2019

Large parts of our world are filled with plants, and human life depends on, interacts with, affects and is affected by plant life in various ways. Yet plants have not received nearly as much attention from philosophers and ethicists as they deserve. In environmental philosophy, plants are often...

The Voice of Nature in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children: Correcting Culture's Error

The Voice of Nature in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children: Correcting Culture's Error

1st Edition

Lorraine Kerslake
October 17, 2019

Despite the fame Ted Hughes’s poetry has achieved, there has been surprisingly little critical writing on his children’s literature. This book identifies the importance of Hughes’s children’s writing from an ecocritical perspective and argues that the healing function that Hughes ascribes to nature...

Anthropocene Antarctica: Perspectives from the Humanities, Law and Social Sciences

Anthropocene Antarctica: Perspectives from the Humanities, Law and Social Sciences

1st Edition

Elizabeth Leane, Jeffrey McGee
September 30, 2019

Anthropocene Antarctica offers new ways of thinking about the ‘Continent for Science and Peace’ in a time of planetary environmental change. In the Anthropocene, Antarctica has become central to the Earth’s future. Ice cores taken from its interior reveal the deep environmental history of the...

Humans and Lions: Conflict, Conservation and Coexistence

Humans and Lions: Conflict, Conservation and Coexistence

1st Edition

Keith Somerville
July 22, 2019

This book places lion conservation and the relationship between people and lions both in historical context and in the context of the contemporary politics of conservation in Africa. The killing of Cecil the Lion in July 2015 brought such issues to the public’s attention. Were lions threatened in...

Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey: Landscapes, State and Environmental Movements

Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey: Landscapes, State and Environmental Movements

1st Edition

Onur İnal, Ethemcan Turhan
July 10, 2019

This book is an exploration of the environmental makings and contested historical trajectories of environmental change in Turkey. Despite the recent proliferation of studies on the political economy of environmental change and urban transformation, until now there has not been a sufficiently...

Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities

Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities

1st Edition

Anitra Nelson, François Schneider
July 05, 2019

‘Degrowth’, a type of ‘postgrowth’, is becoming a strong political, practical and cultural movement for downscaling and transforming societies beyond capitalist growth and non-capitalist productivism to achieve global sustainability and satisfy everyone’s basic needs. This groundbreaking...

Indigenous, Modern and Postcolonial Relations to Nature: Negotiating the Environment

Indigenous, Modern and Postcolonial Relations to Nature: Negotiating the Environment

1st Edition

Angela Roothaan
June 11, 2019

Indigenous, Modern and Postcolonial Relations to Nature contributes to the young field of intercultural philosophy by introducing the perspective of critical and postcolonial thinkers who have focused on systematic racism, power relations and the intersection of cultural identity and political...

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