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Reframing Narratives With Ecocriticism, With Dr Jenny Kerber

Season 2, Ep. 9

In this episode, Ariel discusses the topic of ecocriticism with Dr Jenny Kerber, Associate Professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University.

What is ecocriticism? Why is it important, especially for environmental activists and solarpunks, as a narrative reframing device? Solarpunks work very closely with speculation and imagination and as architects of the narratives by which we live our lives, it helps to have tools like ecocriticism at our disposal.


Join Ariel and Dr. Kerber to think through terms like “wilderness” and “nature” and “the Anthropocene”. How do we hold on to hope, despite critical engagement with the dark side of our environmental narratives? 



●     A bit more about the WLU Land Acknowledgement

●     Dr Kerber’s profile at Wilfrid Laurier U

●     “The Trouble with Wilderness” by William Cronon

●     Elizabeth May

●     Kerber, Jenny. "Tracing One Warm Line: Climate Stories and Silences in Northwest Passage Tourism." Journal of Canadian Studies 55.4 (July 2022): 271-303.

●     Timothy Clark, The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment

●     Kate Soper, What is Nature? Culture, Politics and the Non-Human

●     David Huebert's Chemical Valley

●     Lord Byron's "Darkness"

●     Don McKay, Vis à Vis: Field Notes on Poetry and Wilderness

●     Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

●     Nicole Seymour, Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age

●     Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher Wieland, Almanac for the Anthropocene: A Compendium of Solarpunk Futures


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