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Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

Heather Houser


This book traces the development of “Ecosickness fiction” through an assessment of contemporary U.S. novels and memoirs. It describes how the 1970s brought about a new understanding of the biological and intellectual impacts that environmental crisis can have on human beings. It shows that at this time, as efforts to prevent ecological and bodily injury aligned, a new literature of sickness emerged. It explains that this “Ecosickness fiction” imaginatively rethinks the link between environmental threats and the sick body to bring readers to environmental consciousness. The book establishes the ... More

Keywords: ecosickness fiction, environmental crisis, David Foster Wallace, Richard Powers, Leslie Marmon Silko, Marge Piercy, Jan Zita Grover, contemporary literature, ecocriticism, affect studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231165143
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Houser, author
University of Texas at Austin