American environmental literature has relied seriously at the views of ecu americans, frequently ignoring different teams. In Black on Earth, Kimberly Ruffin expands the achieve of ecocriticism by means of studying the ecological stories, conceptions, and wishes noticeable in African American writing.

Ruffin identifies a conception of “ecological burden and wonder” within which African American authors underscore the ecological burdens of dwelling inside human hierarchies within the social order simply as they discover the ecological fantastic thing about being part of the common order. Blacks have been ecological brokers prior to the emergence of yankee nature writing, argues Ruffin, and their views are serious to knowing the total scope of ecological thought.

Ruffin examines African American ecological insights from the antebellum period to the twenty-first century, contemplating WPA slave narratives, neo–slave poetry, novels, essays, and documentary motion pictures, by means of such artists as Octavia Butler, Alice Walker, Henry Dumas, Percival Everett, Spike Lee, and Jayne Cortez. selecting topics of labor, slavery, faith, mythology, track, and citizenship, Black on Earth highlights the ways that African American writers are visionary ecological artists.

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