Engaging the Imagination: 'New Nature Writing', Collective Politics and the Environmental Crisis

Oakley, K. , Ward, J. and Christie, I. (2018) Engaging the Imagination: 'New Nature Writing', Collective Politics and the Environmental Crisis. Environmental Values, 27(6), pp. 687-705. (doi:10.3197/096327118X15343388356383)

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Abstract

This paper explores the potential of 'new nature writing' - a literary genre currently popular in the UK - as a kind of arts activism, in particular in terms of how it might engage with the environmental crisis and lead to a kind of collective politics. We note the limitations of the genre, notably the reproduction of class, gender and ethnic hierarchies, the emphasis on nostalgia and loss, and the stress on individual responses rather than collective politics. But we also take seriously the claims of art to enable us to imagine other futures, suggesting that new nature writing has the potential to play a role in collective forms of environmental justice and capabilities.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the ESRC under grant number ES/M010163/1.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Oakley, Professor Kate
Authors: Oakley, K., Ward, J., and Christie, I.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts
Journal Name:Environmental Values
Publisher:White Horse Press
ISSN:0963-2719
ISSN (Online):1752-7015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The White Horse Press
First Published:First published in Environmental Values 27(6):687-705
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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