Chinese Environmental Humanities

Practices of Environing at the Margins

  • Chia-ju Chang

Part of the Chinese Literature and Culture in the World book series (CLCW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Chinese Ecocriticism and Ecotranslation Studies

  3. Chinese Ecocinema and Ecomedia Studies

  4. Sustainability, Organic Community, and Buddhist Multispecies Ethics

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 331-344

About this book


Chinese Environmental Humanities showcases contemporary ecocritical approaches to Chinese culture and aesthetic production as practiced in China itself and beyond. As the first collaborative environmental humanities project of this kind, this book brings together sixteen scholars from a diverse range of disciplines, including literary and cultural studies, philosophy, ecocinema and ecomedia studies, religious studies, minority studies, and animal or multispecies studies. The fourteen chapters are conceptually framed through the lens of the Chinese term huanjing (environment or “encircling the surroundings”), a critical device for imagining the aesthetics and politics of place-making, or “the practice of environing at the margin.” The discourse of environing at the margins facilitates consideration of the modes, aesthetics, ethics, and politics of environmental inclusion and exclusion, providing a lens into the environmental thinking and practices of the world’s most populous society.


ecocriticism spatial literary studies ecocinema animal studies environmental history climate change China sustainability China

Editors and affiliations

  • Chia-ju Chang
    • 1
  1. 1.Brooklyn CollegeBrooklynUSA

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