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Helen Platts

Research Student, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Current Status

MRes (Full-time)

Research Topic

Non-fiction literature of U.S. National Parks and the deep ecology movement.

Research Summary

My project offers insight into non-fiction literature set within the U.S. National Parks and how these texts reflect the political and cultural atmosphere of the contemporary deep ecology movement. The deep ecology movement favours biocentrism above anthropocentrism, and argues against industrialising natural spaces. In considering post-1990s non-fiction literature such as memoirs, adventure writing, and nature writing, I work to analyse this balance between anthropocentrism to biocentrism. Furthermore, I explore the problematic theme of the commercialisation (and industrialisation) of National Parks. Alongside these themes I enquire whether a feminised angle of deep ecological attitudes is emerging, and whether women react differently (or similarly) to the conservation movement. All of my research aims to widen and build on current trends and discussions in ecocriticism.

Research Interests

Ecocriticism; Environmentalism; Romanticism; Women and Gender Studies; Industrial Revolution; Documentary and Non-Fiction.

Research Supervisor/s

Dr. Robin Vandome

Dr. Nick Heffernan

Primary Funding Source/s

M3C Funding

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships

Print and Visual Culture Research Cluster, Univeristy of Nottingham American and Canadian Studies.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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