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Ecodocumentaries

Critical Essays

Palgrave Macmillan
  • 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

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction: The Ethics of Relationships in Social Documentaries

    • Rayson K. Alex, S. Susan Deborah
    Pages 1-7
  3. Tree, River, Ethics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 133-133
    2. What is “A” Fig?

      • Nirmal Selvamony
      Pages 135-153
    3. Elemental as Mythic and Existential Parable

      • John A. Duvall
      Pages 155-170
    4. Eco-exoticism in Thorny Land: Invasion of Cheemakaruvel

      • Rayson K. Alex, K. Samuel Moses Srinivas, S. Susan Deborah
      Pages 189-202
  4. 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.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani, Goa, India

    Rayson K. Alex

  • M. E. S. College of Arts & Commerce, Goa, India

    S. Susan Deborah

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 (www.teff.in), 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: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56224-1

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-56223-4Published: 24 November 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-56224-1Published: 15 November 2016

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIII, 213

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Documentary, Ecology

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eBook USD 79.99
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Hardcover Book USD 99.99
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