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Environmental Knowledge, Race, and African American Literature (Hardback)

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This book suggests new ways of reading nineteenth-century African American literature environmentally. Combining insights from ecocriticism, African American studies, and Foucauldian theory, Matthias Klestil examines forms of environmental knowledge in African American writing ranging from antebellum slave narratives and pamphlets to Charlotte Forten's journals, Booker T. Washington's autobiographies, and Charles W. Chesnutt's short fiction. The volume highlights how literary forms of environmental knowledge in the African American tradition were shaped by the histories of slavery and race, mainstream environmental writing traditions, and African American forms of expression and intertextuality. Turning to the Underground Railroad, debates over education and home-building, and the aesthetics of the pastoral and the georgic, Environmental Knowledge, Race, and African American Literature provides an original perspective on the African American ecoliterary tradition that uncovers new facets of canonical and understudied texts and offers new directions for ecocriticism and African American studies.







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Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary theoryHistory & PoliticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG Publication Date: 15/06/2023 ISBN-13: 9783030821012  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Matthias Klestil is Postdoctoral Assistant in American Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. His research focuses on African American literature and culture, ecocriticism, and narrative theory.

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