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Voie, Christian HummelsundORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-3435-729x
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Voie, C. H. (2017). Nature Writing of the Anthropocene. (Doctoral dissertation). Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The point of departure for this study is the hypothesis that the American genre of nature writing has reached an important crossroads in the way it describes the human-nature relationship. My study argues that the awareness of the large-scale environmental changes that are signaled in terms such as the Anthropocene has changed the way nature writers approach their genre. Where traditional nature writing would tend to posit a separation between pristine and humanized environments, the nature writing of the Anthropocene emerges from the awareness that environmental impacts have reached a scope where no such distinction can be made. The traditional narrative of retreat to pristine nature or the wilderness from civilization has thus been replaced in Anthropocenic nature writing with the narrative of confrontation with a natural environment impacted by humans. This is a dystopian tendency in the genre, in which descriptions of nature are increasingly characterized by the writer’s concerns over what is happening to the landscape in question, and what the future might hold in a world where industrial humanity is affecting all ecological processes. Such literature increasingly foregrounds the best available environmental science, and the texts mark a shift from the traditional focus on spiritual connections with the environment, towards more material and functional understandings of the role of humanity in the complex organic and inorganic dynamics that maintain the world’s ecosystems. This dissertation analyzes the emergence of Anthropocenic awareness in selected texts of contemporary American nature writing with reference to its five main features: scientific interest in the function of ecosystems, interest in the agency of matter rendered through what is referred to as material nature writing, the dignification of the overlooked, the environmental landscape of fear, and a turn in the genre towards matters of environmental justice. Even though what I refer to as Anthropocenic nature writing may seem dystopian, this dissertation foregrounds the various ways in which the narrative of confrontation with the human also invites activism and engagement in the hope of stimulating change and environmental justice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2017. p. 190
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 274
Keywords
Anthropocenic awareness, nature writing, material nature writing, material ecocriticism, environmental justice, rhapsody, jeremiad, the dignification of the overlooked, functional aesthetics, anti-landscape, necroregion, retreat, confrontation
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31988 (URN)978-91-88527-33-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-11-30, M108, Holmgatan 10, Sundsvall, 14:15 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2017-11-02 Created: 2017-11-01 Last updated: 2017-11-02Bibliographically approved
Voie, C. H. (2013). From Green to Red: Nature Writing Goes West. In: Martin Simonson, David Rio and Amia Ibarraran (Ed.), A Contested West: New Readings of Place in Western American Literature. PortalEditions
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2013 (English)In: A Contested West: New Readings of Place in Western American Literature / [ed] Martin Simonson, David Rio and Amia Ibarraran, PortalEditions , 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
PortalEditions, 2013
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22885 (URN)8493970581 (ISBN)978-8493970581 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-09-10 Created: 2014-09-10 Last updated: 2014-09-11Bibliographically approved
Hummelsund Voie, C. (Ed.). (2012). Permeable Borderlines: Discovering an Ecocritical and Architectural Ecotone. Brussels: Peter Lang Publishing Group
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2012 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Alternative title[en]
Intercultural Crossings : Conflict, Memory and Identity
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brussels: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2012
Series
Europe of Cultures Forum, ISSN 2031-3519 ; 4
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22884 (URN)978-9052018164 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-09-10 Created: 2014-09-10 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved
Voie, C. H. (2012). Permeable Borderlines: Discovering an Ecocritical and Architectural Ecotone. In: Lénia Marques, Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia and Glória Bastos (Ed.), Intercultural Crossings: Conflict, Memory and Identity (pp. 37-50). Brussels: Peter Lang Publishing Group
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Permeable Borderlines: Discovering an Ecocritical and Architectural Ecotone
2012 (English)In: Intercultural Crossings: Conflict, Memory and Identity / [ed] Lénia Marques, Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia and Glória Bastos, Brussels: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2012, p. 37-50Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brussels: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2012
Series
Europe of Cultures Forum ; 4
Keywords
Ecocritcism, architecture
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-24103 (URN)9789052018164 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2017-05-03Bibliographically approved
Voie, C. . (2011). Blood on the Tire Iron: Battle on Secret Ideological Frontiers in "Brokeback Mountain" (1ed.). In: Eduardo Barros-Grela and José Liste-Noya (Ed.), American Secrets: The Politics and Poetics of Secrecy in the Literature and Culture of the United States (pp. 201-212). Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Blood on the Tire Iron: Battle on Secret Ideological Frontiers in "Brokeback Mountain"
2011 (English)In: American Secrets: The Politics and Poetics of Secrecy in the Literature and Culture of the United States / [ed] Eduardo Barros-Grela and José Liste-Noya, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011, 1, p. 201-212Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011 Edition: 1
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22879 (URN)978-1-61147-006-2 (ISBN)978-1-61147-007-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-09-10 Created: 2014-09-10 Last updated: 2014-09-11Bibliographically approved
Hummelsund Voie, C. (2011). Ecocriticism, the Germinating Instance and the Four Landscapes of Nature Writing: New Horizons (1ed.). In: Serpil Oppermann, Ufuk Ôzdag, Nevin Ôzkan and Scott Slovic (Ed.), The Future of Ecocriticism: New Horizons (pp. 352-361). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ecocriticism, the Germinating Instance and the Four Landscapes of Nature Writing: New Horizons
2011 (English)In: The Future of Ecocriticism: New Horizons / [ed] Serpil Oppermann, Ufuk Ôzdag, Nevin Ôzkan and Scott Slovic, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011, 1, p. 352-361Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011 Edition: 1
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22880 (URN)978-1443829830 (ISBN)1443829838 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-09-10 Created: 2014-09-10 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved
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