Eco-criticism is a form of literary criticism based on an ecological perspective. Eco-criticism investigates the relation between humans and the natural world in literature. The way in which environmental issues, cultural issues concerning the environment, and attitudes towards nature are presented and analyzed. One of the main goals in eco-criticism is to study how individuals in society behave and react in relation to nature and ecological aspects. This form of criticism has gained a lot of attention during recent years (approximately since 2000) due to higher social emphasis on environmental destruction and increased technology. It is hence a fresh way of analyzing and interpreting literary texts, which brings new dimensions to the field literary criticism.
The way in which environmental issues relate to cultural, and the way in which attitudes towards nature are presented and analyzed is the heart of eco criticism.
Eco-Criticism Journals Edit
Journal of Ecocriticism (http://www.ecocriticism.ca)