Environmental Cultures is a new open content series from Bloomsbury Academic that aims to publish innovative work in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities.
Environmental crisis is simultaneously and inseparably material and cultural, destructive and revolutionary. Besides complicating and endangering relationships between humans and other beings, it transforms human identities, communities and nations in unpredictable ways. Old distinctions between nature and culture are being eroded; new values, genres and media are emerging that respond to the crisis with mourning, scepticism, dismay, resourcefulness or ironic resignation.
Environmental Cultures reflects the belief that cultural criticism can help avert, resolve, mitigate or at least comprehend ecological problems. It will publish ambitious, innovative literary ecocriticism and interdisciplinary, transnational and pedagogical scholarship on both traditional and digital media. The series will encourage reflexive theoretical critique and searching exploration of anti-environmentalist cultural forms as well as sophisticated literary analysis. Cultures are unavoidably environmental, for good and ill. Environmental Cultures will show how.
We seek book proposals on any topic in this field. We are especially looking for monographs that take the environmental humanities in new directions or widen its geographical scope, such as:
- digital ecocriticism;
- world/comparative literatures;
- anti-environmentalist cultures;
- new modes of nature writing;
- literary responses to ecological science.
We are also commissioning ecocritical studies of national or regional literatures. We will commission monographs and collaboratively written books, but not edited collections or conference proceedings.
Titles in the Environmental Cultures series will be published as Bloomsbury Open Content. This successful publishing model ensures that the full text of each book is freely available online (under a Creative Commons licence) for browsing and searching at the same time as being available for sale as print or ebooks.
Series editors: Richard Kerridge (Bath Spa University, UK) and Greg Garrard (University of British Columbia, Canada).
To have a proposal considered for the series, please email Dr Greg Garrard (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the form.