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Hydronarratives: Water and Environmental Justice in Contemporary U.S., Canadian, and Pakistani Literature and Cultural Representations

Abstract This dissertation examines cultural representations that attend to the environmental and socio-economic dynamics of contemporary water crises. It focuses on a growing, transnational body of “hydronarratives” – work by writers, filmmakers, and artists in the United States, Canada, and the postcolonial Global South that stress the historical centrality of water to capitalism. These hydronarratives reveal the uneven impacts of droughts, floods, water contamination, and sea level rise on communities marginalized along lines of race, class, and ethnicity. In doing so, they challenge narratives of “progress” conventionally associated with colonial, imperialist, and neoliberal forms of capitalism dependent on the large-scale extraction of natural... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Henry, Matthew S (Author) / Adamson, Joni (Advisor) / Sadowski-Smith, Claudia (Advisor) / Broglio, Ronald (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Literature / Environmental studies / American studies / Anglophone Literature / Energy Humanities / Environmental Humanities / Environmental Justice / Settler Colonialism / Transnational American Literature
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 223 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation English 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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