Under the Signs of Ecocriticism: An Interview with Professor Scott Slovic, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Sayyed Ali Mirenayat, Elaheh Soofastaei


In this broad-ranging yet incisive interview, Prof. Scott Slovic answers some essential questions about ecocriticism, environment, and nature in fiction and nonfiction. As professor of literature and environment at the University of Idaho and author of more than 250 articles about environmental literature, he is ideally placed to respond to overarching questions about the field, its history and its current and future directions. Prof. Slovic has also published 25 books in the area, including, most recently, Ecocriticism of the Global South (co-edited with Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Vidya Sarveswaran, 2015), Numbers and Nerves: Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data (co-authored with Paul Slovic, 2015), and Ecocritical Aesthetics: Literature, Beauty, and the Environment (co-edited with Peter Quigley, forthcoming 2017). He has edited the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment since 1995 and is co-editor of Routledge’s new World Literatures and the Environment Series.


Scott Slovic; Biography; Ecocriticism; Interview;

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