What’s Environmental Lit?Posted by on January 16, 2014
What’s your definition of environmental lit? Here’s what we came up with.
We feel this captures the drift of it, but it’s not the final word, by any means. We’d love to hear what you think!
Environmental Lit = literature, fiction & nonfiction, concerned with environmental issues or natural places. While it’s difficult to pinpoint, these works have a strong ecological undercurrent throughout — some can tackle environmental causes, while others can capture the sanctity of wild lands or explore an animal.
Environmental nonfiction is often easier to define than Eco-fiction, and the first genre certainly outnumbers the latter. As Richard E. Melo (writer, author and book critic) explains in the introduction to his list of top environmental fiction on Amazon:
“Thousands of environmentally themed books are currently in print; few are fiction. My theory is that when it comes to the environment, readers want factual information steeped in science. What gets lost here are the types of truths about the environment that can be illuminated best by narrative poetry. While some of these books are eco-tinged mysteries or tell stories of kids who beat corporate polluters Rocky-style, others explore the emotional connections human beings are capable of feeling toward the natural world.”