In this Book

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Western Canada’s natural environment faces intensifying threats from industrialization in agriculture and resource development, social and cultural complicity in these destructive practices, and most recently the negative effects of global climate change. The complex nature of the problems being addressed calls for productive interdisciplinary solutions. In this book, arts and humanities scholars and literary and visual artists tackle these pressing environmental issues in provocative and transformative ways. Their commitment to environmental causes emerges through the fields of environmental history, environmental and ecocriticism, ecofeminism, ecoart, ecopoetry, and environmental journalism.

This indispensable and timely resource constitutes a sustained cross-pollinating conversation across the environmental humanities about forms of representation and activism that enable ecological knowledge and ethical action on behalf of Western Canadian environments, yet have global reach. Among the developments in the contributors’ construction of environmental knowledge are a focus on the power of sentiment in linking people to the fate of nature, and the need to decolonize social and environmental relations and assumptions in the West.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: What if the Problem Is People?
  2. Liza Piper
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part 1: Acting On Behalf Of
  1. Chapter 1. Grass Futures: Possibilities for a Re-engagement with Prairie
  2. Trevor Herriot
  3. pp. 15-22
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  1. Chapter 2. Wastewest: A State of Mind
  2. Warren Cariou
  3. pp. 23-32
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  1. Chapter 3. Sustaining Collaboration: The Woodhaven Eco Art Project
  2. Nancy Holmes
  3. pp. 33-42
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  1. Chapter 4. A Natural History and Dioramic Performance: Restoring Camosun Bog in Vancouver, British Columbia
  2. Lisa Szabo-Jones, David Brownstein
  3. pp. 43-64
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  1. Chapter 5. A Subtle Activism of the Heart
  2. Beth Carruthers
  3. pp. 65-78
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  1. Chapter 6. Sublime Animal
  2. Maria Whiteman
  3. pp. 79-86
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  1. Chapter 7. The Becoming-Animal of Being Caribou: Art, Ethics, Politics
  2. Dianne Chisholm
  3. pp. 87-108
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  1. Interlude: Creating Metaphors for Change
  2. Lyndal Osborne
  3. pp. 109-114
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  1. Part 2: Constructing Knowledge
  1. Chapter 8. Poetry, Science, and Knowledge of Place: A Dispatch from the Coast
  2. Nicholas Bradley
  3. pp. 117-138
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  1. Chapter 9. Deception in High Places: The Making and Unmaking of Mounts Brown and Hooker
  2. Zac Robinson, Stephen Slemon
  3. pp. 139-158
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  1. Chapter 10. Escarpments, Agriculture, and the Historical Experience of Certainty in Manitoba and Ontario
  2. Shannon Stunden Bower, Sean Gouglas
  3. pp. 159-174
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  1. Chapter 11. Whatever Else Climate Change Is Freedom: Frontier Mythologies, the Carbon Imaginary, and British Columbia Coastal Forestry Novels
  2. Richard Pickard
  3. pp. 175-192
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  1. Chapter 12. Endangered Species, Endangered Spaces: Exploring the Grasslands of Trevor Herriot’s Grass, Sky, Song and the Wetlands of Terry Tempest Williams’s Refuge
  2. Angela Waldie
  3. pp. 193-210
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  1. Chapter 13. What Should We Sacrifice for Bitumen? Literature Interrupts Oil Capital’s Utopian Imaginings
  2. Jon Gordon
  3. pp. 211-232
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  1. Interlude: Symphony for a Head of Wheat Burning in the Dark
  2. Harold Rhenisch
  3. pp. 233-238
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  1. Part 3: Material Expressions
  1. Chapter 14. Propositions from Under Mill Creek Bridge: A Practice of Reading
  2. Christine Stewart
  3. pp. 241-258
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  1. Chapter 15. Understory Enduring the Sixth Mass Extinction, ca. 2009–11
  2. Rita Wong
  3. pp. 259-272
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  1. Chapter 16. Seeding Coordinates, Planting Memories: Here, There, & Elsewhere in W.H. New’s Underwood Log
  2. Travis V. Mason
  3. pp. 273-288
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  1. Chapter 17. Re-Envisioning Epic in Jon Whyte’s Rocky Mountain Poem The fells of brightness
  2. Harry Vandervlist
  3. pp. 289-302
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  1. Chapter 18. Ware’s Waldo: Hydroelectric Development and the Creation of the Other in British Columbia
  2. Daniel Sims
  3. pp. 303-324
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  1. Afterword: Humming Along with the Bees: A Few Words on Cross-Pollination
  2. Pamela Banting
  3. pp. 325-330
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 331-348
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 349-354
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 355-367
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  1. Series Titles
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781554589241
Print ISBN
9781554589234
MARC Record
OCLC
890512031
Pages
380
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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