French Ecocritique is the first book-length study of the culturally specific ways in which contemporary French literature and theory raise questions about nature and environment. Stephanie Posthumus's ground-breaking work brings together thinkers such as Guattari, Latour, and Serres with recent ecocritical theories to complicate what might otherwise become a reductive notion of "French ecocriticism." Working across contemporary philosophy and literature, the book defines the concept of the ecological as an attentiveness to specific nature-culture contexts and to a text's many interdiscursive connections. Posthumus identifies four key concepts, ecological subjectivity, ecological dwelling, ecological politics, and ecological ends, for changing how we think about human-nature relations. French Ecocritique highlights the importance of moving beyond canonical ecocritical texts and examining a diversity of cultural and literary traditions for new ways of imagining the environment.
Stephanie Posthumus is an assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University.
INTRODUCTION - Ecological Readings CHAPTER ONE - Ecological Subjectivity: Guattari and Darrieussecq CHAPTER TWO - Ecological Dwelling: Serres and Lafon CHAPTER THREE - Ecological Politics: Latour and Rufin CHAPTER FOUR - Ecological Ends: Schaeffer and Houellebecq CONCLUSION - Further Ecological Readings Bibliography