Ecoambiguity: Environmental Crises and East Asian Literatures is the first book in any language to analyze Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Taiwnese literary treatments of damaged ecosystems. The book closely examines East Asian creative portrayals of inconsistent and contradictory human attitudes, behaviors, and information/knowledge concerning the environment. It takes up texts by East Asians who have been translated and celebrated around the world, including Gao Xingjian, Ishimure Michiko, Jiang Rong, and Ko Un, as well as fiction and poetry by authors little known even in their homelands. Ecoambiguity addresses such environmental crises as deforesting, damming, pollution, overpopulation, species eradication, climate change, and nuclear apocalypse. The book opens new portals of inquiry in both East Asian literatures and ecocriticism (literature and environment studies), as well as in comparative and world literature.
Climate Change and Changing Literature examines how writers around the world – from the Americas and Europe to the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Oceania – are changing literature by engaging with climate change and the numerous challenges it poses to local, national, regional, and global security. In addition to introducing readers to a variety of different texts and approaches to climate change, Climate Change analyzes how climate fiction can transform attitudes and behaviors surrounding climate change and aims to change literary studies by making it more attune to real world challenges.