Review of Heather Houser’s Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

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In this review of Heather Houser’s Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction, Sharalyn Sanders identifies the hopeful potential for environmental justice via contemporary literature. Finding a solidarity implied between intersectional identities and ecocriticism, Sander’s finds in Houser’s call for “scholarly activism” an antidote to the detachment which threatens to thwart environmental awareness.


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to use images and stories to set into motion the messy emotions that can alternately direct our energies toward planetary threats and drive them away from action […] Ecosickness narratives […] trust that it is emotion that can carry us from the micro-scale of the individual to the macro-scale of institutions, nations, and the planet. (223)

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