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Ecocritical Consideration of Contemporary Literature

Dr. Shireen Rahim, Assistant Professor, Lahore School of Economics

The paper attempts to make a case for the significance of ecological perspectives in the study, interpretation and teaching of literary texts. Towards this end, it draws on ecocriticism as a theoretical framework in which the dominant focus is the study of the relationship between literature and the natural environment, and reviews the emergent critical trends in this regard, during the last four decades. This consideration is further elaborated by ecocritical readings of selected contemporary texts, across different literary genres. A detailed thematic and stylistic appraisal emphasizes that such texts lend themselves potentially to an ecological - revitalizing and regenerative - function in the cultural system, where the environment has itself become a broad and urgent concern for most readers, researchers, scholars and policy makers.

About the presenter:

Dr. Shireen Rahim has recently joined the Lahore School of Economics as English Faculty in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was formerly associated with the Department of English, Punjab University where she taught courses in 20th Century Poetry, Drama and Prose, American Literature and Travel Writing to the M.A and MPhil classes.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/03/2014 01:00:00 PM,

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