© 2016


Critical Essays

  • Rayson K. Alex
  • S. Susan Deborah
  • Promotes the idea that all social problems are also ecological

  • Offers a nexus of critical perspectives on ecodocumentaries

  • Offers analysis of documentaries on topics such as electronic waste, animal rights and land ethics

Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Rayson K. Alex, S. Susan Deborah
    Pages 1-7
  3. Land, Food, Ethics

  4. Development, Waste, Ethics

  5. Tree, River, Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Nirmal Selvamony
      Pages 135-153
    3. John A. Duvall
      Pages 155-170
    4. Rayson K. Alex, K. Samuel Moses Srinivas, S. Susan Deborah
      Pages 189-202
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-213

About this book


This book features ten critical essays on ecodocumentaries written by eminent scholars from India, USA, Ireland, Finland and Turkey in the area of ecocinema studies. Situating social documentaries with explicit ecological form and content, the volume takes relational positions on political, cultural and conservational aspects of natures and cultures in various cultural contexts. Documentaries themed around issues such as electronic waste, animal rights, land ethics, pollution of river, land grabbing, development and exotic plants are some of the topics ecocritiqued in this volume.


Ecocriticism Ecomedia Ecocinema Documentary Conservation Electronic waste Fracking Land grabbing Land ethics Animal rights

Editors and affiliations

  • Rayson K. Alex
    • 1
  • S. Susan Deborah
    • 2
  1. 1.Birla Institute of Technology and SciencesPilani, GoaIndia
  2. 2.M. E. S. College of Arts & CommerceGoaIndia

About the editors

Rayson K. Alex, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa, West India. He is one of the editors of Essays in Ecocriticism (2007) and Culture and Media: Ecocritical Explorations (2014). Along with S. Susan Deborah, K. Samuel Moses and Sachindev P.S., he founded ‘The Ecomedia Team’ in 2005 which gradually grew into tiNai Ecofilm Festival (, an international ecofilm festival dedicated to ecodocumentaries. His academic interests are in the areas of indigenous studies, ecoindigeneity, ecocinema studies and ecocriticism.

S. Susan Deborah, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, M. E. S. College of Arts & Commerce, Goa, West India. She is one of the editors of Culture and Media: Ecocritical Explorations (2014), the first volume in the area of ecocinema in India. She is the recipient (along with Rayson K. Alex) of ASLE-USA Media Subvention Grant, for creating an interactive video space for ecocinema scholarship. Her interests lie in food studies, ecomedia and ecocriticism.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ecodocumentaries
  • Book Subtitle Critical Essays
  • Editors Rayson K. Alex
    S. Susan Deborah
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-56223-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-85075-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-56224-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 213
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Documentary