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Mourning Nature

Hope at the Heart of Ecological Loss and Grief

edited by Ashlee Cunsolo & Karen Landman

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
May 2017
Category
Environmental Science
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780773549340
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $37.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780773549333
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $130.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780773549364
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $110.00

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We are facing unprecedented environmental challenges, including global climate change, large-scale industrial development, rapidly increasing species extinction, ocean acidification, and deforestation – challenges that require new vocabularies and new ways to express grief and sorrow over the disappearance, degradation, and loss of nature.

Seeking to redress the silence around ecologically based anxiety in academic and public domains, and to extend the concepts of sadness, anger, and loss, Mourning Nature creates a lexicon for the recognition and expression of emotions related to environmental degradation. Exploring the ways in which grief is experienced in numerous contexts, this groundbreaking collection draws on classical, philosophical, artistic, and poetic elements to explain environmental melancholia. Understanding that it is not just how we mourn but what we mourn that defines us, the authors introduce new perspectives on conservation, sustainability, and our relationships with nature.

An ecological elegy for a time of climatic and environmental upheaval, Mourning Nature challenges readers to turn devastating events into an opportunity for positive change.

Contributors include Glenn Albrecht (Murdoch University, retired); Jessica Marion Barr (Trent University); Sebastian Braun (University of North Dakota); Ashlee Cunsolo (Labrador Institute of Memorial University); Amanda Di Battista (York University); Franklin Ginn (University of Edinburgh); Bernie Krause (soundscape ecologist, author, and independent scholar); Lisa Kretz (University of Evansville); Karen Landman (University of Guelph); Patrick Lane (Poet); Andrew Mark (independent scholar); Nancy Menning (Ithaca College); John Charles Ryan (University of New England); Catriona Sandilands (York University); and Helen Whale (independent scholar).

About the authors

Ashlee Cunsolo is director of the Labrador Institute and an adjunct professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Karen Landman is professor of landscape architecture at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph.

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