Ecotheology and Literature: Prospects and Challenges


This presentation will explore the relationship between ecocriticism and ecotheology and argue for ways in which the environmental crisis has necessitated a reexamination of the secular assumptions that have shaped literary criticism and divided it from the study of sacred literature. Such a reexamination highlights the common strategies of ecocriticism and ecotheology and the postsecular potential of environmental literature today.


Speaker's Short Intro.

George Handley, professor of Comparative Literature and Interdisciplinary Humanities, Brigham Young University, is an postcolonial ecocritic and co-president of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment for 2022-2023. His books include New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda, and Walcott, Caribbean Literature and the Environment (co-edited with Elizabeth DeLoughrey and Renee Gosson), and Postcolonial Ecologies (co-edited with Elizabeth DeLoughrey). He is currently finishing a book-length study of ecotheology and literature entitled From Chaos to Cosmos: On the Postsecularity of the Environmental Humanities.