Ecocriticism and environmental communication studies have for many years co-existed as parallel disciplines, occasionally crossing paths but typically operating in separate academic spheres. These fields are now rapidly converging, and this handbook aims to reinforce the common concerns and methodologies of the sibling disciplines.

The Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication charts the history of the relationship between ecocriticism and environmental communication studies, while also highlighting key new paradigms in information studies, diverse examples of practical applications of environmental communication and textual analysis, and the patterns and challenges of environmental communication in non-Western societies. Contributors to this book include literary, film and religious studies scholars, communication studies specialists, environmental historians, practicing journalists, art critics, linguists, ethnographers, sociologists, literary theorists, and others, but all focus their discussions on key issues in textual representations of human–nature relationships and on the challenges and possibilities of environmental communication. The handbook is designed to map existing trends in both ecocriticism and environmental communication and to predict future directions.

This handbook will be an essential reference for teachers, students, and practitioners of environmental literature, film, journalism, communication, and rhetoric, and well as the broader meta-discipline of environmental humanities.

part I|2 pages

New frameworks

chapter 1|11 pages

Ecocriticism and discourse

chapter 2|10 pages

The climate of change

Graphic adaptation, The Rime of the Modern Mariner, and the ecological uncanny

chapter 3|18 pages

Eco churches, eco synagogues, eco Hollywood

21st-century practical responses to Lynn White, Jr.’s and Andrew Furman’s 20th-century readings of environments in crisis

chapter 4|9 pages

Communicating resistance in/through an aquatic ecology

A study of K.R. Meera’s The Gospel of Yudas

chapter 5|8 pages

Transformative entanglements

Birds and humans in three non-fictional texts

chapter 6|13 pages

Discovering the Weatherworld

Combining ecolinguistics, ecocriticism, and lived experience

chapter 7|14 pages

Narrative communication in environmental fiction

Cognitive and rhetorical approaches

chapter 9|10 pages

How the material world communicates

Insights from material ecocriticism

chapter 10|11 pages

Scale in ecological science writing

chapter 11|14 pages

The literal and literary conflicts of climate change

The climate migrant and the unending war against emergence

part II|2 pages

Pragmatic communication

chapter 13|12 pages

Directionality in Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow

155Ecocritical art history and visual communication

chapter 15|12 pages

The “Chernobyl Syndrome” in U.S. nuclear fiction

Toward risk communication parameters of “nuclear phobia”

chapter 19|18 pages

Grey literature, green governance

chapter 20|13 pages

When thirst had undone so many

A postcolonial ecocritical analysis of water crisis in Ruchir Joshi’s The Last Jet-Engine Laugh and Girish Malik’s Jal

chapter 21|10 pages

Cows, corn, and communication

How the discourse around GMOs impacted legislation in the EU and the USA

chapter 22|12 pages

Science, wonder, and new nature writing

Rachel Carson

part III|2 pages

Non-Western environmental communication

chapter 23|12 pages

Designing the communication of traditional ecological knowledge

278A Noto case study

chapter 24|10 pages

Cosmopolitan communication and ecological consciousness in Latin America 1

Miguel Gutiérrez’s Babel, el paraíso

chapter 25|13 pages

Communicating with the Cosmos

Contemporary Brazilian women poets and the embodiment of spiritual values

chapter 26|12 pages

Women’s street artivism in India and Brazil

Shilo Shiv Suleman’s pan-indigenous environmental movement

chapter 27|13 pages

Novelist as eco-shaman

Buket Uzuner’s Water [Su] as requesting spirits to help the earth in crisis

chapter 30|10 pages

Indigenous interiority as nature–culture–sacred continuum

An ecological analysis of Have You Seen the Arana?