Date of this Version
Great Plains Quarterly 33:4 (Fall 2013).
Given the emphasis that advocates of bioregionalism have historically placed on principles of decentralization and localization in the development of more ecologically sustainable modes of inhabitation, it is perhaps not surprising that no wide-ranging survey of bioregional literary criticism has appeared on the scene until now. This is a shame, however, because it turns out that examining bioregional practices across cultures and places yields a wealth of new ideas about how to live more sustainably in one's home place. In The Bioregional Imagination, readers finally have access to a much-needed set of comparative perspectives on bioregionalism, ranging from the implementation of bioregional ideas in the Pacific Northwest, where bioregionalism has long had a foothold in shaping how people envision their relationships to place, to locales farther afield, including Italy's Po River Valley, Nigeria, Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and even the imaginative landscapes of speculative fiction. There are also essays that answer the call for more adequate theorizing of bioregional identity in large cities, and chapters that attend to landscapes where the marginalization of nonhuman nature and certain human populations has often made place attachment difficult.