“Toward Consilient Ecocriticism”

Room 905, Business Building, Beirut campus

The Graduate Program in Comparative Literature in the Department of Humanities is organizing a lecture entitled “Toward Consilient Ecocriticism: Science, Literary Criticism, and the Quest for Meaningful Interdisciplinarity”.

The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Scott Slovic, professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada.

It will offer a brief introduction to the field of ecocriticism and then focus on several recent examples of interdisciplinarity in ecocriticism (projects that merge environmental literary studies with such fields as ecology, anthropology, and psychology). 



Dr. Scott Slovic is professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the United States, where he helped to create the M.A. and Ph.D. program in literature and environment. Professor Slovic is one of the central scholars in the field of ecocriticism—an environmental approach to literary scholarship. From 1992 to 1995, he served as the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), which now has branches in more than ten countries around the world. Since 1995, he has edited ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, the major journal in the field. His twenty books include such works as Seeking Awareness in American Nature Writing (1992), What’s Nature Worth? (2004), Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility (2008), and the textbook Literature and the Environment (1999/second edition 2012). He has also published more than 200 articles on ecocritical theory and environmental literature from many countries.