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Research Student, Faculty of Arts
Non-fiction literature of U.S. National Parks and the deep ecology movement.
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.
Ecocriticism; Environmentalism; Romanticism; Women and Gender Studies; Industrial Revolution; Documentary and Non-Fiction.
Dr. Robin Vandome
Dr. Nick Heffernan
Primary Funding Source/s
Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships
Print and Visual Culture Research Cluster, Univeristy of Nottingham American and Canadian Studies.