This book explores contemporary Anglophone Cameroon poetry’s engagement with the environment through an eco-textual analysis of a cross section of poems from different poets. In this regard, the work broadens the field of ecocriticism beyond the original Anglo-American axis by developing a more locally-rooted in ecocriticism while making a valuable addition to the growing field of African ecocriticism.
It spotlights environmental degradation, the inextricable relationship between nature and culture as well as the intersection between history, politics, ethics and the environment in the Anglophone Cameroon cultural imaginary.
Focusing on the current need for the humanities to effectively respond to environmental challenges, the book foregrounds an environmental poetic vision that can be an ideal starting point for influencing and changing thought and behavioural patterns globally.
This influential work, titled Anglophone Cameroon Poetry in the Environmental Matrix, by Eunice Ngongkum, is a clear-sighted exploration of ecoculture and ecocultural ethics as reflected in contemporary Anglophone Cameroon poetry. It consists of an introduction and six chapters. The material in each chapter is organised around a significant topic in the field.
Using tenets of postcolonial ecocriticism, new historicism and human geography to analyse several politically engaged and artistically achieved poems by selected Anglophone Cameroon ecopoets, Ngongkum is able to highlight, among other things, the devastating and calamitous effects of the degradation and commodification of the environment which have propelled Cameroon into the ambit of global environmental crisis; the inextricable relationship between human and non-human species in contemporary Cameroon, the collusion between the rapacious post-colonial leadership and the predatory transnational corporations to plunder Cameroon’s ecosystems, and the fact that Cameroon’s ecological problems are rooted in the legacies of colonialism, neo-colonialism and globalisation.
The author’s choice of Cameroon as setting within which this study proceeds is appropriate. Compared with other African countries, it is endowed with rich and diverse natural resources and it also harbours the five major ecosystems of the world. Finally, it is the African bioregion that has suffered the most from ecological degradation and depredation.
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