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Chinese Literature and Culture in the World

Chinese Environmental Humanities

Practices of Environing at the Margins

Editors: Chang, Chia-ju (Ed.)

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  • Explores ways of applying sustainability to literary, film, media, visual, and translation studies
  • Provides a comprehensive and essential introduction to the Chinese environmental humanities
  • Highlights the unique cultural and environmental history of China and its relevance to ecocritical concerns elsewhere in the world
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Chinese Environmental Humanities showcases contemporary ecocritical approaches to Chinese culture and aesthetic production as practiced in China itself and beyond. As the first collaborative environmental humanities project of this kind, this book brings together sixteen scholars from a diverse range of disciplines, including literary and cultural studies, philosophy, ecocinema and ecomedia studies, religious studies, minority studies, and animal or multispecies studies. The fourteen chapters are conceptually framed through the lens of the Chinese term huanjing (environment or “encircling the surroundings”), a critical device for imagining the aesthetics and politics of place-making, or “the practice of environing at the margin.” The discourse of environing at the margins facilitates consideration of the modes, aesthetics, ethics, and politics of environmental inclusion and exclusion, providing a lens into the environmental thinking and practices of the world’s most populous society.


About the authors

Chia-ju Chang is Associate Professor of Chinese at Brooklyn College–CUNY, USA. Her book Global Imagination of Ecological Communities: Chinese and Western Ecocritical Praxis (2013) won the 2013 Bureau of Jiangsu Province Journalism and Publication award in China.  She also co-edited Ecocriticism in Taiwan: Identity, Environment, and the Arts (2016).

Reviews

“Chia-ju Chang has edited a far-ranging and scholarly overview of recent developments in Chinese environmental humanities and provided a theoretically sophisticated analysis of the field through her opening chapter. That broad sweep is followed by chapters with Incisive close readings of film, documentaries, and nonfiction; a second section treating urban environmental issues in ecomedia; and a third emphasizing sustainability and Buddhist ethics. The scholarly depth will satisfy China experts, yet chapters provide sufficient context for the novice reader.” (Patrick Murphy, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Central Florida, USA)

Chinese Environmental Humanities is not categorized within Sinology. It demonstrates an innovatively comparative and refreshingly transnational approach to Environmental Humanities. The book’s focus on “the discourse of environing at the margins” offers a new angle from which to see the politics and aesthetics of environmental inclusion and exclusion.  A must-read book for those who are interested in ecocriticism, environmental studies, multispecies studies, Asian studies, and other related fields.” (Masami Yuki, President of ASLE-Japan, Routledge Environmental Humanities Series Co-editor)

“Chia-ju Chang’s timely collection Chinese Environmental Humanities: Practices of Environing at the Margins is comprised of 14 fascinating chapters that examine silkworms, migrant workers, ecomedia, animal rights, Buddhism, and sustainability. The chapters also explore traditional Chinese concepts, such as ziran (Nature), huanjing (environment) and shengtai wenming (ecological civilization), to forge new environmental perspectives in the Anthropocene. Although “environing at the margins” as the subtitle playfully indicates, this collection powerfully illustrates how “environing” in China and Asia is never marginal and how concepts and symbols from the Chinese culture can help enhance the field in new directions.”  (Serpil Oppermann, Professor of Environmental Humanities, Cappadocia University, Turkey) 

“Chia-ju Chang’s groundbreaking edited volume skillfully weaves together insightful essays on diverse aspects of the Chinese Environmental Humanities by contributors based on three continents and representing fields from across the humanities and social sciences.   Chinese Environmental Humanities: Practices of Environing at the Margins makes a powerful case for humanistic inquiry in addressing the most urgent challenges of our era, and its focuses on practices of “environing” bring to the fore vital yet marginalized discourses.” (Karen L. Thornber, Professor of Comparative Literature and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University, USA)

“This book makes a tremendous contribution to global environmental humanities by zeroing in on a vast body of ideas and practices about the environment, nature, earth, ecology, humanity, and animals in China’s long tradition.  The reader will discover a series of illuminating, wide-ranging case studies on literature, philosophy, religion, art, film, and media as they pertain to the environment.  The contributors together make a timely intervention in the central themes and topics of contemporary humanities and cultural studies.” (Sheldon Lu, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis, USA)

“China’s path into the future will decide the fate of the Anthropocene. For the environmental humanities, it is thus of paramount importance to understand the complex and conflicting ways in which Chinese culture has conceived of the relationship between humans and their ecological environment. In this task, Chia-ju Chang’s insightful and capacious collection of essays is an indispensable resource.” (Hannes Bergthaller, Professor of Literature, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan)

Chinese Environmental Humanities builds essential bridges and uncovers striking connections about one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It is a must-read book.” (Simon C. Estok, author of The Ecophobia Hypothesis (2018))

“Anglophone ecocriticism has been hindered by a neglect of China and Chinese cultures. Chinese Environmental Humanities represents a great advance in our access to basic concepts, important debates, and key texts in Chinese ecocriticism. This foundational collection will create vibrant conversations around aesthetics, translation, ecomedia, and multispecies ethics in cross-cultural perspective. It should become a cornerstone of the Environmental Humanities in the twenty-first century." (Anthony Lioi, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and English and Director of the Writing and Communication Center, The Juilliard School, USA)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Environing at the Margins: Huanjing as a Critical Practice

    Pages 1-32

    Chang, Chia-ju

  • Building a Post-Industrial Shangri-La: Lu Shuyuan, Ecocriticism, and Tao Yuanming’s “Peach Blossom Spring”

    Pages 35-58

    Chang, Chia-ju

  • The Nakedness of Hope: Solastalgia and Soliphilia in the Writings of Yu Yue, Zhang Binglin, and Liang Shuming

    Pages 59-79

    Roddy, Stephen

  • Blurred Centers/Margins: Ethnobotanical Healing in Writings by Ethnic Minority Women in China

    Pages 81-96

    Isbister, Dong (et al.)

  • From Jiang Rong to Jean-Jacques Annaud: An Ecological Rewrite of Wolf Totem

    Pages 97-118

    Zhai, Runlei

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-18634-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18633-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chinese Environmental Humanities
Book Subtitle
Practices of Environing at the Margins
Editors
  • Chia-ju Chang
Series Title
Chinese Literature and Culture in the World
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18634-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18634-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18633-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 344
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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