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French Ecocriticism

From the Early Modern Period to the Twenty-First Century


Edited By Daniel A. Finch-Race and Stephanie Posthumus

This book expounds fruitful ways of analysing matters of ecology, environments, nature, and the non-human world in a broad spectrum of material in French. Scholars from Canada, France, Great Britain, Spain, and the United States examine the work of writers and thinkers including Michel de Montaigne, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Arthur Rimbaud, Marguerite Yourcenar, Gilbert Simondon, Michel Serres, Michel Houellebecq, and Éric Chevillard. The diverse approaches in the volume signal a common desire to bring together form and content, politics and aesthetics, theory and practice, under the aegis of the environmental humanities.

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Names: Finch-Race, Daniel A., editor. | Posthumus, Stephanie, 1973- editor.

Title: French ecocriticism : from the early modern period to the twenty-first century / Daniel A. Finch-Race, Stephanie Posthumus (eds).

Description: Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang GmbH, 2017. | Series: Studien zu Litera-tur, Kultur und Umwelt. Studies in literature, culture, and the environment ; Vol. 1 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2016056958 | ISBN 9783631673454

Subjects: LCSH: French literature—History and criticism. | Nature in literature. | Ecology in literature. | Ecocriticism. | Environmental literature. | French literature—French-speaking countries—History and criticism. | French literature—Foreign countries—History and criticism.

Classification: LCC PQ145.3 .F74 2017 | DDC 840.9/3553—dc23 LC record available at

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Château d’Angers – Moat Garden, © Stephanie Posthumus

ISSN 2365-645X

ISBN 978-3-631-67345-4 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-06606-7 (E-PDF)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-71324-2 (EPUB)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-71325-9 (MOBI)

DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-06606-7

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