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  • Allegories of the Anthropocene

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    Pages: 288
    Illustrations: 14 illustrations
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  • Allegories of the Anthropocene is a book, in every sense, of oceanic reach. Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey's transformative thinking will reverberate across the environmental humanities, postcolonial studies, and the Anthropocene debates for many years to come.” — Rob Nixon, author of, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

    “Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey is one of the world’s leading authorities of island cultures and imaginaries in the context of modern imperial history and economic and environmental globalization more generally. Her innovative, indispensable, and inventive book, Allegories of the Anthropocene, will immediately become a must-read in the environmental humanities, taking its place as an instant classic.” — Joni Adamson, Professor and Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative, Arizona State University

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  • Description

    In Allegories of the Anthropocene Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey traces how indigenous and postcolonial peoples in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands grapple with the enormity of colonialism and anthropogenic climate change through art, poetry, and literature. In these works, authors and artists use allegory as a means to understand the multi-scalar complexities of the Anthropocene and to critique the violence of capitalism, militarism, and the postcolonial state. DeLoughrey examines the work of a wide range of artists and writers—including poets Kamau Braithwaite and Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, Dominican installation artist Tony Capellán, and authors Keri Hulme and Erna Brodber—whose work addresses Caribbean plantations, irradiated Pacific atolls, global flows of waste, and allegorical representations of the ocean and the island. In examining  how island writers and artists address the experience of finding themselves at the forefront of the existential threat posed by climate change, DeLoughrey demonstrates how the Anthropocene and empire are mutually constitutive and the vital importance of the role of allegorical art and literature in understanding our global environmental crisis.

    About The Author(s)

    Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey is a Professor in English and in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of numerous books, including Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures.
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