Ecocriticism and Environmental Literature

Room 222, Nicol Hall, Beirut campus.

 The Graduate Program in Comparative Literature in the Department of Humanities is organizing a seminar titled: "Does Our Knowledge of Nature Come From? An Introductory Workshop on Ecocriticism and Environmental Literature”.

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

This presentation and discussion will offer a basic introduction to one of the liveliest and most socially significant new branches of literary studies. In addition to looking at some basic definitions and explanations of ecocriticism, participants will have the opportunity to talk about a few literary examples from around the world, including the Jean Giono’s classic story "L’homme qui plantait des arbres" and Lebanese-American writer Gary Paul Nabhan’s ethnobiological writings, among a few others.


Dr. Scott Slovic’s Biography:

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.