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Outback and Out West

The Settler-Colonial Environmental Imaginary

November 1, 2022 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9781496221971
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Description

Outback and Out West examines the ecological consequences of a settler-colonial imaginary by comparing expressions of settler colonialism in the literature of the American West and Australian Outback. Tom Lynch traces exogenous domination in both regions, which resulted in many similar means of settlement, including pastoralism, homestead acts, afforestation efforts, and bioregional efforts at "belonging." Lynch pairs the two nations' texts to show how an analysis at the intersection of ecocriticism and settler colonialism requires a new canon that is responsive to the social, cultural, and ecological difficulties created by settlement in the West and Outback.

Outback and Out West draws out the regional Anthropocene dimensions of settler colonialism, considering such pressing environmental problems as habitat loss, groundwater depletion, and mass extinctions. Lynch studies the implications of our settlement heritage on history, art, and the environment through the cross-national comparison of spaces. He asserts that bringing an ecocritical awareness to settler-colonial theory is essential for reconciliation with dispossessed Indigenous populations as well as reparations for ecological damages as we work to decolonize engagement with and literature about these places.

About this Author

Tom Lynch is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of Xerophilia: Ecocritical Explorations in Southwestern Literature and the editor of Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time (Nebraska, 2017) and El Lobo: Readings on the Mexican Gray Wolf.

ISBN: 9781496221971
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 348
Publisher: Nebraska
Published: 2022-11-01

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