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The Ecopoetics of Entanglement in Contemporary Turkish and American Literatures

  • Examines deconstructive ecocriiticism

  • Takes a cross-disciplinary and comparative approach

  • Considers Turkish and American ecocritcism and ecopoetics


Part of the Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment book series (LCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Toward a Theory of Entanglement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Meliz Ergin
      Pages 13-52
  3. Collective Living, Connective Reading

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
  4. Bodies, Ecologies, Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Meliz Ergin
      Pages 169-200
    3. Meliz Ergin
      Pages 201-231
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-244

About this book


This book foregrounds entanglement as a guiding concept in Derrida’s work and considers its implications and benefits for ecocritical thought. Ergin introduces the notion of "ecological text" to emphasize textuality as a form of entanglement that proves useful in thinking about ecological interdependence and uncertainty. She brings deconstruction into a dialogue with social ecology and new materialism, outlining entanglements in three strands of thought to demonstrate the relevance of this concept in theoretical terms. Ergin then investigates natural-social entanglements through a comparative analysis of the works of the American poet Juliana Spahr and the Turkish writer Latife Tekin. The book enriches our understanding of complicity and accountability by revealing the ecological network of material and discursive forces in which we are deeply embedded. It makes a significant contribution to current debates on ecocritical theory, comparative literature, and ecopoetics.


Latife Tekin Juliana Spahr thisconnectionofeveryonewithlungs Well Then There Now Posthumanism Ecologies and politics Rüyalar ve Uyanışlar Defteri Urbanization, ecological decay, and ecopolitics comparative ecocriticism ecopoetics intersection between nature and society ecocritical theory Derrida and ecocriticism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Koç UniversityIstanbulTurkey

About the authors

Meliz Ergin is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Koç University, Istanbul. She has published essays on contemporary Turkish and European literature, literature and philosophy, migration, ecocriticism, and eco/poetics.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Ecopoetics of Entanglement in Contemporary Turkish and American Literatures
  • Authors Meliz Ergin
  • Series Title Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment
  • Series Abbreviated Title Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-63262-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87512-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-63263-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 244
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Comparative Literature
    Literary Theory
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