Unsettling Ecocriticism: Rethinking Agrarianism, Place, and Citizenship

Title:
Unsettling Ecocriticism: Rethinking Agrarianism, Place, and Citizenship
Authors:
Fiskio, Janet
Abstract:
In light of Ursula Heise’s recent critiques of the concept of a “sense of place” in ecocriticism as well as the vibrant social movement for food justice emerging in the United States, Fiskio asks whether the concept of place can be reformulated in ways that are inclusive of communities on the borders of the food system and compelling to contemporary ecocriticism. Ecocriticism has relied until now on traditional agrarian ideals that privilege long-term inhabitation of place as a basis for responsible citizenship. Through close readings of Wendell Berry’s stories and essays, Helena María Viramontes’s novel Under the Feet of Jesus, and the documentary film The Garden, Fiskio argues for an agrarianism of the margins that unsettles these fundamental assumptions, illuminating the ethical agency of migrant and transnational laborers in situations of transience, and opening a space for multiple ways of producing food, community, and place.
Citation:
Fiskio, Janet. 2012. "Unsettling Ecocriticism: Rethinking Agrarianism, Place, and Citizenship." American Literature 84(2): 301-325.
Publisher:
Duke University Press
DATE ISSUED:
2012-06-19
Department:
Environmental Studies
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1215/00029831-1587359
Additional Links:
http://americanliterature.dukejournals.org/cgi/doi/10.1215/00029831-1587359
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/596551

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dc.contributor.authorFiskio, Janeten
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-17T16:09:43Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-17T16:09:43Zen
dc.date.issued2012-06-19en
dc.identifier.citationFiskio, Janet. 2012. "Unsettling Ecocriticism: Rethinking Agrarianism, Place, and Citizenship." American Literature 84(2): 301-325.en
dc.identifier.issn0002-9831en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/596551en
dc.description.abstractIn light of Ursula Heise’s recent critiques of the concept of a “sense of place” in ecocriticism as well as the vibrant social movement for food justice emerging in the United States, Fiskio asks whether the concept of place can be reformulated in ways that are inclusive of communities on the borders of the food system and compelling to contemporary ecocriticism. Ecocriticism has relied until now on traditional agrarian ideals that privilege long-term inhabitation of place as a basis for responsible citizenship. Through close readings of Wendell Berry’s stories and essays, Helena María Viramontes’s novel Under the Feet of Jesus, and the documentary film The Garden, Fiskio argues for an agrarianism of the margins that unsettles these fundamental assumptions, illuminating the ethical agency of migrant and transnational laborers in situations of transience, and opening a space for multiple ways of producing food, community, and place.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherDuke University Pressen
dc.identifier.doi10.1215/00029831-1587359en
dc.relation.urlhttp://americanliterature.dukejournals.org/cgi/doi/10.1215/00029831-1587359en
dc.subject.departmentEnvironmental Studiesen_US
dc.titleUnsettling Ecocriticism: Rethinking Agrarianism, Place, and Citizenshipen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalAmerican Literatureen
dc.identifier.volume84en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.startpage301en_US
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to American Literatureen
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