Re-Imagining Nature: Environmental Humanities and Ecosemiotics explores new horizons in environmental studies, which consider communication and meaning as core definitions of ecological life, essential to deep sustainability. It considers landscape as narrative, and applies theoretical frameworks in eco-phenomenology and ecosemiotics to literary, historical, and philosophical study of the relationship between text and landscape. It considers in particular examples and lessons to be drawn from case studies of medieval and Native American cultures, to illustrate in an applied way the promise of environmental humanities today. In doing so, it highlights an environmental future for the humanities, on the cutting edge of cultural endeavor today.
Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Introduction - Song, Tree, and Spring: Environmental Meaning and the Environmental Humanities Part One: Backgrounds Chapter 2: The Ecopoetics of Creation: Genesis LXX 1-3 By Alfred Kentigern Siewers Chapter 3: Place and Sign: Locality as a Foundation for Ecosemiotics By Timo Maran Chapter 4: Learning from Temple Grandin, or, Animal Studies, Disability Studies, and Who Comes after the Subject By Cary Wolfe Part Two: Medieval Natures Chapter 5: "The Secret Folds of Nature": Eriugena's Expansive Concept of Nature By Dermot Moran Chapter 6: The Nature of Miracles in Early Irish Saints' Lives By John Carey Chapter 7: Inventing with Animals in the Middle Ages By Jeffrey Jerome Cohen Part Three: Re-Negotiating Native Natures Chapter 8: The Yua as Logoi By Fr Michael Oleksa Chapter 9: Intersubjectivity with "Nature" in Plains Indian Vision-seeking By Kathryn W. Shanley Chapter 10: The Experience of the World as the Experience of the Self: Smooth Rocks in a River Archipelago By Katherine M. Faull Chapter 11: Human Geographies and Landscapes of the Divine in Ibero-American Borderlands By Cynthia Radding Chapter 12: Call and Response: The Human/Non-Human Encounter in Linda Hogan's Solar Storms By Sarah Reese Suggested Reading Bibliography Index About the Contributors