By Kimberly N. Ruffin

American environmental literature has relied seriously at the views of eu americans, frequently ignoring different teams. In Black on Earth, Kimberly Ruffin expands the succeed in of ecocriticism via reading the ecological stories, conceptions, and wishes visible in African American writing.

 

Ruffin identifies a concept of “ecological burden and sweetness” during which African American authors underscore the ecological burdens of dwelling inside of human hierarchies within the social order simply as they discover the ecological fantastic thing about being part of the usual order. Blacks have been ecological brokers ahead of the emergence of yank nature writing, argues Ruffin, and their views are serious to figuring out the whole scope of ecological thought.

 

Ruffin examines African American ecological insights from the antebellum period to the twenty-first century, contemplating WPA slave narratives, neo–slave poetry, novels, essays, and documentary movies, by way of such artists as Octavia Butler, Alice Walker, Henry Dumas, Percival Everett, Spike Lee, and Jayne Cortez. deciding on issues of labor, slavery, faith, mythology, song, and citizenship, Black on Earth highlights the ways that African American writers are visionary ecological artists.

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