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Ecocritics and Ecoskeptics: A Humanist Reading of Recent French Ecofiction

Jonathan F. Krell


Michel Serres and Luc Ferry represent the two opposing views of ecology in contemporary French philosophy. Serres calls for a “natural contract” that would ensure a symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. Ferry rejects Serres’s ecocentric world view, embracing instead modernist humanism that places humans squarely in the center of the world. Part 1 of Ecocritics and Ecoskeptics presents three contemporary novels that depict the world as both a beautiful and fragile place, in danger of being destroyed—as Serres fears—by human technological progress. Part 2 studies two novels that addr ... More

Keywords: ecocriticism, humanism, modern French novel, animal studies, environmentalism, ecoskepticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789622058
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789622058.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan F. Krell, author
University of Georgia