I am an Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. My research and teaching focus on literature, science, and aesthetics in the Victorian period and early twentieth century. In particular, I work on:

  • Nineteenth-century sciences of mind and emotion, and their significance for Victorian novelists and literary critics
  • Speculative fiction from the Victorian period to the present, including gothic, science fiction, utopia, and romance
  • The aesthetic and decadent movements in art and literature
  • Aesthetic philosophy, affect theory, and neuroaesthetics
  • The role of humanities scholarship in the era of climate change

My book, The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2017), explores how nineteenth-century sciences of mind and emotion generated new and controversial explanations of the human experience of the arts. Tracing manifold intersections of science and aesthetics, the book reflects on the long history of the aspiration to use evolutionary theory and cognitive science to make sense of art and literature.

Other topics I've recently written about include the reception of British aestheticism in the United States, and historicism in the era of climate change.

With my colleagues in History, Emily Lynn Osborn and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, I was PI on the 2015-2017 project Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and the Social Sciences at University of Chicago's Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

I also help organize V21: Victorian Studies for the Twenty-First Century and am a member of the vcologies working group.

 

bjmorgan@uchicago.edu

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Research

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The Outward Mind

My first book, The Outward Mind: Materialism, Science, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain, explores how Victorian sciences of mind and emotion generated new and controversial explanations of art, literature, and beauty. In the context of early neurology and evolutionary biology, many argued that aesthetic judgment was not a distinctively human capacity, but a physiological response or an evolutionary adaptation. Scientific approaches to art and literature were remarkably widespread in the nineteenth century, but they fell out of favor when foundational thinkers in modern literary studies and art history developed autonomous critical methods. Discussing writers such as Herbert Spencer, Walter Pater, William Morris, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, and Vernon Lee, the book traces some of the forgotten intersections of aesthetic theory and the science of the mind: for these and many other thinkers, writing about aesthetic experience became an important way both to explore relationships among mind, body, and emotion, and to consider how the individual mind could extend "outward" into surrounding objects and physical environments. Part of my aim is to return to nineteenth-century materialist thought to consider alternatives to familiar categories such as the sublime and the beautiful; I am especially interested in how Victorian accounts of aesthetic experience as taking place beneath or beyond conscious reflection can help us think about the affective dimension of aesthetic judgment. More broadly, the book reflects on the long history of our desire to use evolutionary theory and cognitive science to make sense of art and literature.

In Human Scale: The Aesthetics of Climate Change

Human activity is changing the biosphere very rapidly at the scale of geological time. But in our human scales of reference, this change looks slow or imperceptible. Since the nineteenth century transition to a coal and steam energy economy, we have found it extremely difficult to understand the disjuncture between geological time and fossil fuel consumption. My current book project, In Human Scale: The Aesthetics of Climate Change, asks why aesthetic objects have so often attempted--and so often failed--to convey the vastness of ecological crisis. Examining the literary and visual culture of the early climate change era (ca. 1800-1900), the project evaluates popular and elite cultural forms--panoramas, geological maps, voyage narratives, coal debates, and naturalist novels--that attempted to resituate human activity within vast scales of time.

You can find parts of In Human Scale here and here (no paywall).

Publications

V21: Presentism, Form, and the Future of History. Special issue of Boundary 2 Online, co-edited with Anna Kornbluh (forthcoming September 2016).

“Scale, Resonance, Presence.” Victorian Studies 59.1 (Autumn 2016).

“Harmony and Dissonance.” Classicisms, edited by Larry Norman and Anne Leonard. Chicago: Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2017.

Forthcoming

"Scale as Form: Thomas Hardy's Rocks and Stars." In Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geological Times. Eds. Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor. University Park: Penn State University Press, forthcoming 2017.

“How We Might Live: Utopian Ecology in William Morris and Samuel Butler.” In Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire. Eds. Nathan K. Hensley and Philip Steer. New York: Fordham University Press, 2018.

Reviews and Entries

Review of Wicked Intelligence, by Matthew C. Hunter, Critical Inquiry (2014).

“Vernon Lee.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Review of The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe, ed. Stefano Evangelista, Victorian Studies 54.2 (Winter 2012): 366-368.

Review of Gothic and Modernism, ed. John Paul Riquelme, Modern Philology 110.2 (November 2012): E111-E114.

Review of State of Exception, by Giorgio Agamben, Law, Culture and the Humanities 1.2 (July 2005): 264–265.

Talks

Upcoming

"Coal Forests and Black Diamonds." VCologies 2, University of Houston, September 2017.

Invited Talks

“On Decadent Planets.” Victorian Literature and Culture Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University. November 2016.

“In Human Scale: Climate Change and the Immeasurable.” Theater Studies Colloquium, Duke University, Fall 2016.

“V21: Presentism and Victorian Studies.” Indiana University, Spring 2017.

V21 and Strategic Presentism” (Keynote). Graduate Student Conference, Loyola University Chicago, October 2016.

“In Human Scale: Thinking Climate Change with Thomas Hardy.” Nineteenth-Century Faculty Seminar, Oxford University, June 2016.
 
“Aesthetic Play in Alexander Bain and Herbert Spencer.” Victorian Psychology Now, Birkbeck College, University of London, June 2016.

 “Global Thought in the Anthropocene.” Panel discussion with Ursula Heise, Bill Brown, and Fredrik Jonsson. Center for International Studies, 50th Anniversary Series, University of Chicago, May 2016.

“Scale.” Midwest Faculty Seminar, University of Chicago, April 2016.

“Keywords for Strategic Presentism: Scale, Resonance, Presence.” Plenary roundtable, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Asheville, NC, March 2016. 

“Scales without Size in Tess of the d’Urbervilles.” History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science Workshop, University of Chicago, February 2016.

“Memory: Writing, Traces, and the Unconscious.” Object Roundtable, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, October 2015.

“From Clouds to Gas: Atmospheres of Industrialization.” Object Roundtable, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, March 2015.

“Feeling Anthropocene: Arctic Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century.” University of Maryland College Park, Department of English, February 2014.

“Victorian Neuroaesthetics.” History of Human Sciences Workshop, University of Chicago, November 2013.

“How Matter Learned to Think: Wilkie Collins, Walter Pater, and Physiological Aesthetics.” Birkbeck College, Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, October 2013.

“Aesthetic Experience and the Embodied Mind in Victorian Science and Literature.” University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, September 2013.

“Renegade Aesthetics.” Inter-Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory. Newberry Library, Chicago, August 2013.

“Darkness and Invisibility.” Smart Museum of Art Object-Based Workshop. University of Chicago, April 2013.

“Critical Empathy: Reading the Movement of Form in Vernon Lee’s Aesthetics.” Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Cultures Workshop, University of Chicago, May 2011.

 “On Physiology and Beauty.” Franke Institute for the Humanities luncheon series, University of Chicago, February 24, 2011.

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Conference Papers

“Decadent World Ecologies.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Phoenix, AZ, November 2016.

“Utopian World Ecology in Samuel Butler’s A First Year at Canterbury Settlement and Erewhon.” V-cologies Symposium, University of California, Davis, September 2016.

“Fin du Globe: On Decadent Planets.” 20th and 21st Century Workshop, University of Chicago, May 2016.
 
“Presentism, Form, and the Future of History.” V21 Symposium: Presentism, Form, and the Future of History. Chicago, IL, October 2015.

"Cold Paradise: The Arctic's Utopian Pull." Narrative 2015, Chicago, IL.

"After the Arctic Sublime: Aesthetic Categories in the Anthropocene." ACLA 2015, Seattle, WA.

"The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Scientific Voyages, Deep Time, and Planetary Context," NAVSA 2014, London, Ontario.

“Transnational Wilde.” Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, January 2014.

“Living Matter in Victorian Physiology and Aesthetics, 1840-1860.” Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, January 2014.

“Mapping the Sublime: Scientific Knowledge and Aesthetic Judgment in the Arctic and the Alps.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Pasadena, CA, October 2013.

“Bodies as Networks in Victorian Aesthetics.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Madison, WI, September 2012.

 “Some Objects of Victorian Aesthetic Theory.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Milwaukee, WI, September 2012.

“How Things Look: Clementina Anstruther-Thomson and the Aesthetics of Material Vision.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, Montréal, November 11–14, 2010.

“Grant Allen and the Science of Aesthetic Pleasure.” Arts Research Center Symposium, UC Berkeley, May 6, 2009.

“Aesthetics/Hedonics: The Science of Pleasure at the fin de siècle.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, Skidmore College, April 24–26, 2009.

“A Lot of Art is Boring: The Psychological Aesthetics of Grant Allen and Vernon Lee.” Northeast Victorian Studies Association Conference, Wellesley College, April 3–5, 2009.

“Regeneration: Evolutionary Aesthetics and the Biology of Form.” Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference, March 26–28, 2009.

“Lucretian Aestheticism: The Materialist Flux and Aesthetic Subjectivity.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, Yale University, November 14–16, 2008. Also given at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Pomona College, November 7–8, 2008.

“The Pleasures of Sinking: Decadent Self-Loss as Sublime Immersion.” Northeast Victorian Studies Association Conference, University of Toronto, April 11–13, 2008.

“Is Bad Aestheticism Good Politics? William Morris and the Debate over Individualism.” Rhetoric Department Faculty/Graduate Student Panel, UC Berkeley, December 6, 2007.

“Pater’s Ethical Materialism.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, University of Victoria, October 10–13, 2007.

“The Aesthetics of ‘Pure Means’: Violence and the Law in Benjamin and Agamben.” Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference, Syracuse University, March 24–25, 2006.

“Spectatorship as Action: Arendt’s Lectures on Kant and the Futurist Spectacle.” “Rethinking Reception” graduate conference, Duke University, March 25–26, 2005.

Teaching

At Chicago, I teach in the Media Aesthetics core sequence, which introduces first-year students to theories and histories of media, broadly conceived. Some of the topics we address include Plato's critiques of imitation and writing in the Republic and the Phaedrus, early responses to photography and cinema, and the relationship between text and image in the graphic novel.

At the undergraduate and graduate level, I teach courses on Victorian literature and the history of science, with a particular emphasis on Darwin's literary significance, literature and ecology, the emergence of science fiction, aestheticism and decadence at the fin-de-siècle, and Oscar Wilde and his circle.

Syllabi

University of Chicago

Nineteenth-Century Ecological Thought, Winter 2017.
Science Fiction: Theories and Origins, Fall 2016
Climate Change Fiction, Winter 2016
Aestheticism and Decadence, Fall 2015
Literary Environments, Winter 2015
Victorian Speculative Fiction: Agency, Time, and Utopia, Autumn 2014
Oscar Wilde and His Contexts, Spring 2013
Oscar Wilde’s London (Study Abroad), Fall 2012
The Politics of Aestheticism, Winter 2012
Science and the Literary Imagination, Winter 2012
Psychology and Literature in the Nineteenth Century, Winter 2011
Late Victorian Literature, Winter 2011
Media Aesthetics: Image, Text, Sound, 2010-2017

 

University of California, Berkeley

Science and Literature: The Two Cultures, Summer 2009
Irrationality, Madness, and Superstition in Victorian Prose, Summer 2008
Aestheticism and Decadence, Summer 2007
Introduction to Literary Theory, Spring 2007                                                                  
Reading and Meaning, Fall 2005
The Aesthetics of Evil, Summer 2005
Theories of the Lie: Plato to Derrida, Spring 2005, 2008, 2009
Twentieth-Century Theories of Interpretation, Fall 2006
The Politics of Performance, Summer 2006
Early Modern Europe and its Others, Fall 2004
The Scientist and the Detective, Spring 2004
Violence and Persuasion, Fall 2003

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Resources

 

Recent books in the environmental humanities

Here's a list of recent books in the environmental humanities that are on my radar. @ me if you have reading recommendations. You can view my Zotero library of articles (including special issues) here.

2018. Coen, Deborah. Climate in Motion: Science, Empire, and the Problem of Scale. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2018. Fritsch, Matthias, Philippe Lynes, and David Wood, eds. Eco-Deconstruction: Derrida and Environmental Philosophy. New York: Fordham.

2018. Garforth, Lisa. Green Utopias: Environmental Hope before and after Nature. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

2018. Grusin, Richard, ed. After Extinction. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

2018. Henry, Claude, and Laurence Tubiana. Earth at Risk: Natural Capital and the Quest for Sustainability. New York: Columbia University Press.

2018. Hensley, Nathan K., and Philip Steer, eds. Ecological Form: Systems and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire. New York: Fordham University Press.

2018. Khalip, Jacques. Last Things: Disastrous Form from Kant to Hujar. New York: Fordham University Press.

2018. Malm, Andreas. The Progress of This Storm. New York: Verso.

2018. Wainwright, Joel. Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future / Mann, Geoff, ; Author. London: Verso.

2017. Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome, and Lowell Duckert, eds. Veer Ecology. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

2017. Connolly, William E. Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming. Durham: Duke University Press Books.

2017. Griffiths, Matthew. The New Poetics of Climate Change: Modernist Aesthetics for a Warming World. Environmental Cultures Series. London: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

2017. Grusin, Richard A., ed. Anthropocene Feminism. 21st Century Studies. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

2017. Hamilton, Clive. Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene. [Cambridge, UK]: Polity.

2017. Heise, Ursula K., Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann, eds. The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities. London ; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

2017. Holm, Nick, and Sy Taffel. Ecological Entanglements in the Anthropocene. Ecocritical Theory and Practice. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

2017. Latour, Bruno. Facing Gaia : Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime /. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

2017. Menely, Tobias, and Jesse Oak Taylor, eds. Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

2017. Siperstein, Stephen, Shane Hall, and Stephanie LeMenager, eds. Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities. London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

2017. Szeman, Imre, and Dominic Boyer. Energy Humanities: An Anthology. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

2017. Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt. Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

2017. Van Horn, Gavin, and John Hausdoerffer, eds. Wildness: Relations of People and Place. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.

2017. Weston, Kath. Animate Planet: Making Visceral Sense of Living in a High-Tech, Ecologically Damaged World. ANIMA. Durham: Duke University Press.

2016. Alaimo, Stacy. Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

2016. Albritton, Vicky, and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson. Green Victorians: The Simple Life in John Ruskin’s Lake District. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2016. Altvater, Elmar, Eileen C. Crist, Donna J. Haraway, Daniel Hartley, Christian Parenti, and Justin McBrien. Anthropocene or Capitalocene?: Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism. Edited by Jason W. Moore. Oakland, CA: PM Press.

2016. Angus, Ian. Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System. New York: Monthly Review Press.

2016. Bonneuil, Christophe, and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz. The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us. Brooklyn, NY: Verso.

2016. Cavert, William M. The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City. Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2016. Davies, Jeremy. The Birth of the Anthropocene. Oakland, California: University of California Press.

2016. Dawson, Ashley. Extinction: A Radical History. New York: O/R Books.

2016. Haraway, Donna J. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press Books.

2016. Haraway, Donna Jeanne. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Experimental Futures: Technological Lives, Scientific Arts, Anthropological Voices. Durham: Duke University Press.

2016. Heise, Ursula K. Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

2016. Kaplan, E. Ann. Climate Trauma: Foreseeing the Future in Dystopian Film and Fiction. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

2016. Malm, Andreas. Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming. London: Verso.

2016. Mehnert, Antonia. Climate Change Fictions: Representations of Global Warming in American Literature. Literatures, Cultures and the Environment. [New York]: Palgrave Macmillan.

2016. Moore, Jason W. Anthropocene or Capitalocene?: Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism. Oakland, CA: PM Press.

2016. Morton, Timothy. Dark Ecology : For a Logic of Future Coexistence /. New York: Columbia University Press.

2016. PAK, CHRIS. Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction. Liverpool University Press.

2016. Raffnsøe, Sverre. Philosophy of the Anthropocene: The Human Turn. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. 

2016. Ramade, Bénédicte. The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video. London: Black Dog Publishing.

2016. Sheldon, Rebekah. The Child to Come: Life after the Human Catastrophe. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

2016. Taylor, Jesse Oak. The Sky of Our Manufacture: The London Fog in British Fiction from Dickens to Woolf. University of Virginia Press.

2016. Wilson, Edward O. Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. New York: Liveright.

2015. Asafu-Adjaye, John, Linus Blomqvist, Stewart Brand, Barry Brook, Ruth de Fries, Erle Ellis, Christopher Foreman, et al. An Ecomodernist Manifesto. http://www.ecomodernism.org/manifesto.

2015. Clark, Timothy. Ecocriticism on the Edge: The Anthropocene as a Threshold Concept. London: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

2015. Davis, Heather, and Etienne Turpin. Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies. London: Open Humanities Press.

2015. Davis, Heather. Art in the Anthropocene Encounters among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies. London: Open Humanities Press.

2015. DeLoughrey, Elizabeth M., Jill Didur, and Anthony Carrigan. Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches. Vol. 31. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature ; New York, NY: Routledge.

2015. Moore, Jason W. Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital. Verso Books.

2015. Parikka, Jussi. A Geology of Media. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

2015. Peters, John Durham. The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media. Chicago: the University of Chicago Press.

2015. Purdy, Jedediah. After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, [2015] London.

2015. Rockström, Johan, Mattias Klum, and Peter Miller. Big World, Small Planet: Abundance within Planetary Boundaries. New Haven: Yale University Press.

2015. Thacker, Eugene. Cosmic Pessimism. Minneapolis, MN: Univocal.

2015. Trexler, Adam. Anthropocene Fictions: The Novel in a Time of Climate Change. Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

2015. Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

2015. Wark, McKenzie. Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene. London: Verso.

2014. Ackerman, Diane. The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us. First edition. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.

2014. Canavan, Gerry, and Kim Stanley Robinson, eds. Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press.

2014. Clover, Joshua, and Juliana Spahr. MISANTHROPOCENE THESES. Oakland, CA: Commune Editions.

2014. Garrard, Greg. The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. Oxford Handbooks. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

2014. Houser, Heather. Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction : Environment and Affect /. Literature Now. Columbia University Press,.

2014. Jamieson, Dale. Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle against Climate Change Failed-- and What It Means for Our Future. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

2014. LeMenager, Stephanie. Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century. Oxford University Press.

2014. MacDuffie, Allen. Victorian Literature, Energy, and the Ecological Imagination. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2014. McNeill, John Robert, and Peter Engelke. The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

2014. Oreskes, Naomi, and Erik M. Conway. The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. New York: Columbia University Press.

2014. Parikka, Jussi. The Anthrobscene. Forerunners. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

2014. Robinson, Kim Stanley, and Gerry Canavan. Green Planets : Ecology and Science Fiction. Middletown: Wesleyan.

2014. Zylinska, Joanna. Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene. Open Humanities Press.

2013. Descola, Philippe. Beyond Nature and Culture. Translated by Janet Lloyd. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2013. Jørgensen, Dolly, Finn Arne Jørgensen, and Sara B. Pritchard. New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press.

2013. Kohn, Eduardo. How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology beyond the Human. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2013. Marder, Michael. Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life. New York: Columbia University Press.

2013. Mitchell, Timothy. Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil. 1 edition. London: Verso.

2013. Morton, Timothy. Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

2013. Robin, Libby. The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change. New Haven: Yale University Press.

2012. Armbruster, Karla, Ezra J. Zeitler, Tom Lynch, and Cheryll Glotfelty. The Bioregional Imagination : Literature, Ecology, and Place. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

2012. Cohen, Tom, ed. Telemorphosis: Theory in the Era of Climate Change. Ann Arbor, MI: Open Humanities Press.

2012. Hess, Scott. William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship the Roots of Environmentalism in Nineteenth-Century Culture. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

2011. Biro, Andrew, ed. Critical Ecologies: The Frankfurt School and Contemporary Environmental Crises. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2011. DeLoughrey, Elizabeth M., and George B. Handley. Postcolonial Ecologies Literatures of the Environment. New York: Oxford University Press. 

2011. Clark, Nigel. Inhuman Nature : Sociable Life on a Dynamic Planet. Theory, Culture & Society. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications Ltd.

2011. Nixon, Rob. Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

2011. Thacker, Eugene. In the Dust of This Planet. Ropley: Zero.