Kimberly N. Ruffin's Black on Earth: African American Ecoliterary Traditions PDF

By Kimberly N. Ruffin

American environmental literature has relied seriously at the views of eu american citizens, usually ignoring different teams. In Black on Earth, Kimberly Ruffin expands the achieve of ecocriticism via reading the ecological stories, conceptions, and wishes visible in African American writing.


Ruffin identifies a concept of “ecological burden and sweetness” within which African American authors underscore the ecological burdens of dwelling inside human hierarchies within the social order simply as they discover the ecological fantastic thing about being part of the typical order. Blacks have been ecological brokers earlier than the emergence of yank nature writing, argues Ruffin, and their views are severe to knowing the total scope of ecological thought.


Ruffin examines African American ecological insights from the antebellum period to the twenty-first century, contemplating WPA slave narratives, neo–slave poetry, novels, essays, and documentary movies, by way of such artists as Octavia Butler, Alice Walker, Henry Dumas, Percival Everett, Spike Lee, and Jayne Cortez. picking out topics of labor, slavery, faith, mythology, tune, and citizenship, Black on Earth highlights the ways that African American writers are visionary ecological artists.

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