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Engaging the imagination: ‘new nature writing’, collective politics and the environmental crisis

Oakley, K, Ward, J and Christie, Ian (2018) Engaging the imagination: ‘new nature writing’, collective politics and the environmental crisis Environmental Values, 27 (6). pp. 687-705.

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Abstract

This paper explores the potential of ‘new nature writing’ – a literary genre currently popular in the UK – as a kind of arts activism, in particular, how it might engage with the environmental crisis and lead to a kind of collective politics. We note the limitations of the genre, notably the reproduction of class, gender and ethnic hierarchies, the emphasis on nostalgia and loss, and the stress on individual responses rather than collective politics. But we also take seriously the claims of art to enable us to imagine other futures, suggesting that new nature writing has the potential to play a role in collective forms of environmental justice and capabilities.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Oakley, K
Ward, J
Christie, IanI.Christie@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 1 December 2018
Funders : ESRC
DOI : 10.3197/096327118X15343388356383
OA Location : http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/121524/
Uncontrolled Keywords : politics; the arts; capabilities; justice
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 31 Aug 2018 13:02
Last Modified : 14 Dec 2018 13:09
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849173

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