Ecocriticism and the Future of Southern Studies

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About the Author

Zackary Vernon is assistant professor of English at Appalachian State University and the coeditor of Summoning the Dead: Essays on Ron Rash.

Jay Watson is the Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies at the University of Mississippi, where he directs the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. He is the author of several books, including Reading for the Body: The Recalcitrant Materiality of Southern Fiction, 1893-1985.
Ecocriticism and the Future of Southern Studies is an edict nailed to the door of southern studies that challenges the field to embrace manmade environmental issues that threaten our region. In his eloquent introduction, Zackary Vernon details the urgency of this moment, and sixteen essays apply the field of environmental studies to southern coal and oil 'hazardscapes, ' roads, farms, and waterways with disturbing power. Together, their voices open the door for the greening of southern studies as they connect the field with environmental studies and reveal a powerful new intellectual terrain. Ecocriticism and the Future of Southern Studies is a landmark study that is essential reading for all who care about the American South.--William Ferris, author of The South in Color: A Visual Journal
Zackary Vernon has assembled an insightful collection of essays written at the intersection of environmental studies and literary criticism, examining human interaction with the natural world, keenly aware of a southern environmental precariousness, and delivered with a sense of justified urgency. An important step in the direction of the greening of southern studies.--Fred Hobson, Lineberger Distinguished Professor in the Humanities Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill