Geocriticism Meets Ecocriticism: Bertrand Westphal and Environmental Thinking

This has been a good year for geocriticism in the United States. A translation of Bertrand Westphal’s 2007 monograph, La géocritique: réel, fiction, espace, was published this year, followed closely by a volume of essays titled Geocritical Explorations, which could serve as a companion piece to the Westphal book[1]. A significant amount of the American interest in Westphal’s work has been coming from ecologically minded literary critics, with Scott Slovic, founding President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) and current editor of ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment) writing approvingly of Westphal’s approach (Slovic, « Editor’s Note, » 245) and encouraging the integration of his work into the ecocritical canon[2].