Sustainability and/or Survival of Literature in the Contemporary World: Some Theoretical Premises of Ecocriticism

By Nikica Mihaljevic and Gordana Galic Kakkonen.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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The purpose of this paper is to give some theoretical premises of ecocriticism which studies the relations between environment and literature and researches how ecological values may influence different categories of the text. Ecocriticism also examines human perception of nature and human relation with nature, as well as other environmental issues in literature. Starting from the supposition that, nowadays, the aim and the survival of literature is often questioned, ecocriticism tries to justify the functionality of literature by means of the theory that the environmental situation is reflected in literary texts, that literary texts may contribute to the change and improvement of the environmental situation, and that they may have an ecological function in the society. Therefore, the aim of the paper is to present hypotheses of environmental literary criticism and its field of study in order to stress the importance of this area of research as well as its methodology. In this way, the authors intend to contribute to placing more emphasis on the importance of ecocriticism and to framing the literary tradition in the context of environmental sustainability.

Keywords: Ecocriticism, Literature, Environment

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 12, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.13-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 12, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 622.394KB)).

Dr. Nikica Mihaljevic

Assistant Professor, Department of Italian Language and Literature, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Split, Split, Croatia

Dr. Gordana Galic Kakkonen

Assistant Professor, Department of Croatian Language and Literature, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Split, Split, Croatia