Environmentalism

Authored by: Patrick D. Murphy

The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction

Print publication date:  January  2009
Online publication date:  March  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415453783
eBook ISBN: 9780203871317
Adobe ISBN: 9781135228361

10.4324/9780203871317.ch37

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Abstract

What does the form of literary analysis based on environmental values, known as ecocriticism in the US and green studies in the UK, have to offer readers of sf? In turn, what does sf have to offer ecocriticism? A significant vein in the earliest sf, paralleling natural history, consisted of terrestrial voyages of discovery. Two ubiquitous questions appeared in both: what is nature? what is a human being? Sf’s ethical dimension has long included a particular elaboration and method for addressing both questions: environmentalism, which in the public domain combines ethical theory and political activism.

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