Myth as a Site of Ecocritical Inquiry: Disrupting Anthropocentrism

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Despite a kind of collaboratively maintained ethos of peace and harmony in the ecocritical literary community, our discourse can be anxious. Some writers are anxious about the range of activities included in ecocritical practices and, so, whether those practices are ambivalent and insufficiently theorized. Others are fine with any seeming theoretical ambivalence and are more concerned that the language of ecocritical discourse is becoming orthodox, esoteric, and inaccessible. But at least one aspect of ecocriticism is grounded and accessible, has been consistent at least since Kenneth Burke's work of the 1960s, and is almost unmooring in its simplicity: the assumption that reading not just with but also around a human protagonist invokes humility by presenting us with simultaneous evidence of our...


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