Last term in the English Faculty library’s exhibition room, I wanted to create a space for thinking about the environment in and through literature. Nature writing has a legacy in the pastoral, which is often seen as apolitical, escaping into the natural world as a simpler, more beautiful alternative to reality. But nature is an increasingly political subject, and a new nature writing is emerging which is ecologically minded and systemically connected – a cultural move towards an ‘ecology of mind’ to use Rob Macfarlane’s phrase.
One of the members of our team has published a review of two ecofiction books, Fen and Everything Under, by Daisy Johnson. The review is now up in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and it can be read following this link.