Bad Environmentalism; Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age.

Author:Silverstein, Barry
Position:Book review

Nicole Seymour; BAD ENVIRONMENTALISM; University of Minnesota Press (Nonfiction: Ecology & Environment) 26.95 ISBN: 9781517903893

Byline: Barry Silverstein

The continued debates about the science of climate change are spirited, but those on either side are unlikely to see much humor in the exchanges. As it turns out, climate change and the environment can be a laughing matter -- at least, at an absurd or satirical level. In her wide-ranging scholarly study, that's where Nicole Seymour focuses her attention, analyzing films, television shows, literature, and performances that represent "bad environmentalism," which she defines as "environmental thought that employs dissident, often-denigrated affects and sensibilities" to the current environmental crisis.

With a concentration on Western culture from the 1990s to the present, the works discussed range from broadly popular to obscure. Seymour thoroughly and carefully critiques each with an eye toward expanding the audience's views of environmentalism. She does so by comparing and contrasting environmentally themed films, studying bizarre nature and wildlife programming including Wildboyz and Green Porno, and discussing the manner by which poetry, fiction, animation, and comedy...

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