Ecocriticism is a type of literary criticism that emerged in the 1990s in tandem with environmentalism. It is broadly defined as “the study of the relationship between literature and the physical environment,” (Glotfelty, 1996). Ecocritical perspectives on literature have grown exponentially, especially in their intersectionality with other types of theory, as in feminist, Marxist, and postcolonial studies. This seminar begins with the basic question, “What is ecocriticism?” as a way of discussing the history and current state of the field. The seminar explores various methods and entry points for ecocritical work in literature, including science studies, sound studies, posthumanism, animal studies, film studies, and pedagogy. This is a working group in the Ph.D. in English program.

This working group is a component of Narrating Change, Changing Narratives, an interdisciplinary research group that employs public humanities practices and explores narration as a guide for social change. The group is supported by the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.