DeLoughrey, Elizabeth


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Tel: 310.825.3534/ Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail


Postcolonial and Indigenous approaches to the Environmental Humanities; Island Studies, Anthropocene and Climate Change, Militarization and Nuclearization, Critical Ocean Studies, Feminist & Critical Theory; Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures and Art


Selected Publications

Allegories of the Anthropocene, Duke University Press, 2019.
[Open Access Text]
[PDF of the Introduction]

“Shipscapes: Imagining an Ocean of Space,” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 16:2 (2020)

“Submerged Bodies: The Tidalectics of Representability and the Sea in Caribbean Art,” co-written with Tatiana Flores. Environmental Humanities, 12:1, 2020. [Full text]
REPRINTED in Lisa Blackmore and Liliana Gómez (eds.), Liquid Ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean Art, New York: Routledge, 2020. [PDF]

“Gyre.” Forum on Volumetric Sovereignty, Society & Space. [Full text]

“Towards a Critical Ocean Studies for the Anthropocene.” English Language Notes 57:1 (2019) 22-36. [PDF]

“The Sea is Rising: Visualizing Climate Change in the Pacific Islands,” in Meteorologies of Modernity: Weather and Climate Discourses in the Anthropocene. Eds. Sarah Fekadu, Hanna Strasse-Senol, and Tobias During. Munich: REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature, 2017. 237-253.
REPRINTED in Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, Special issue on Oceanic Memory. 2:2 (November 2018). [PDF]

“Revisiting Tidalectics: Irma/José/Maria.” In Tidalectics: Imagining an Oceanic Worldview through Art and Science, edited Stefanie Hessler. Boston: MIT Press, 2018. [PDF]

“Submarine Futures of the Anthropocene.” Special issue of Comparative Literature Journal, “Oceanic Routes Forum.” 69.1. 2017. 32-44. [PDF]

Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches, Co-edited with Jill Didur and Anthony Carrigan. Routledge, 2015. [Full text]
PDF of Introduction
Full text:

“Ordinary Futures: Interspecies Worldings in the Anthropocene.” in Global Ecologies & the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches. Eds. DeLoughrey, Didur, Carrigan. Routledge, 2015. [PDF]

“Gender and Sexual Politics in the Pacific Islands: A Call for Critical Militarisation Studies.” Special issue of Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. Co-editor and introduction with Victor Bascara & Keith L. Camacho. 37. March 2015. [Full Text]

“Satellite Planetarity and the Ends of the Earth.” Public Culture. Volume 26, no. 2: special issue on Visualizing the Environment, Spring 2014. [PDF]

“Postcolonialism.” 7,000 word entry for The Oxford Companion to Ecocriticism. Ed. Greg Garrard. 2014. [PDF]

“The Myth of Isolates: Ecosystem Ecologies in the Nuclear Pacific.” Special island studies issue of Cultural Geographies edited by Godfrey Baldacchino and Erik Clark. (2013). [PDF]

“Ecocriticism: The Politics of Place.” Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Ed Alison Donnell and Michael Bucknor. 2011.pp 265-275. [Full text] [PDF]

“Yam, Roots and Rot: Allegories of the Provision Grounds.” Small Axe 34 (March 2011): 58-75. [PDF]

Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment. Co-edited with George Handley. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Introduction: [PDF of Introduction]

“Heliotropes: Solar Ecologies and Pacific Radiations” Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment, Oxford UP, 2011. pp 235-253. [PDF]

Editor (and introduction). Special issue of New Literatures Review 47 on postcolonial island literatures, 2011. 1-16. [PDF]

“On Kala Pani and Transoceanic Fluids.” Special issue of New Literatures Review 47 on postcolonial island literatures, 2011. 71-92. [PDF]

“Island Writing, Creole Cultures.” Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature. Ed. Ato Quayson. Cambridge University Press, 2011. [PDF]

“Heavy Waters: Waste and Atlantic Modernity.” PMLA. (125.3). May 2010. Special feature on Oceanic Studies. [PDF]

“Radiation Ecologies and the Wars of Light.” Modern Fiction Studies.55.3 (2009) 468-495. [PDF]

“Globalizing  the Routes of Breadfruit and Other Bounties.” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. 8:3 (Winter 2008): [PDF]

“Against Authenticity: Global Knowledges and  Postcolonial Ecocriticism.” Introduction to special issue on postcolonial  ecocriticism, written and edited with Cara Cilano. ISLE: Interdisciplinary  Studies of Literature and the Environment. 14:1 (Winter 2007): 71-88. [PDF]

Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific  Island Literatures. U of Hawai’i Press, 2007.
[PDF of Part 1: Tidalectics and The Sea is History]

Caribbean  Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture. (Introduced and co-edited with  Renée Gosson and George Handley. U of Virginia Press, 2005.) Introduction: [PDF of Introduction]

“Quantum Landscapes: A Ventriloquism of Spirit.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Special issue: Green Postcolonialism, Eds. Graham Huggan and Helen Tiffin. 9:1 (2007): 62-82. [PDF]

“The Spiral Temporalities of Patricia Grace’s Potiki.” Ariel 30(1): (January 1999): 59-83. [PDF]

“Gendering the Voyage: Trespassing the (Black) Atlantic and Caribbean.” Thamyris: Caribbean Women’s Writing/Imagining Caribbean Space Ed. Carole Boyce Davies. 5:2 (1998): 205-231. [PDF]

Bio Note

Elizabeth DeLoughrey is a professor at UCLA who teaches postcolonial and Indigenous literature courses on the environment, globalization, critical ocean studies, and the Anthropocene and climate change, with a focus on the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.  She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Literatures (2007), and co-editor of the volumes Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (2005); Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (2011); and Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches (2015). Her latest (open access) book, Allegories of the Anthropocene, examines climate change and empire in the literary and visual arts and was published by Duke University Press in 2019. She is an advisory member of The Living Archive: Extinction Stories from Oceania Project and with Thom Van Dooren, was co-editor of the interdisciplinary open-access journal Environmental Humanities. Her scholarship has been supported by institutions such as the ACLS, NEH, Rockefeller, Mellon Foundation, Fulbright, Rachel Carson Center (LMU, Munich), the UCHRI, and the Cornell Society for the Humanities. In the academic year 2021-2022 she will be on leave on a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

Additional Information

Prof. DeLoughrey holds joint appointments in English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. She is the co-founder of the Postcolonial Literature and Theory Colloquium and has coordinated various conferences and workshops at UCLA such as Global Ecologies: Nature/Narrative/Neoliberalism [podcast here], Legacies of Pacific Island MilitarizationGlobalized Islands: Contemporary Literature & the Transnational Encounter, and the Mellon Foundations seminar, Cultural Pre-history of Environmentalism. She was a co-coordinator of a workshop on Pacific Island militarization at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, a workshop on Imperialism, Narrative and the Environment at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat, Munich, and the coordinator of Oceanic Ecologies and Imaginaries, at the UC Humanities Research Institute. For a number of years she was the faculty mentor for the Geography Department’s graduate food studies group.

Interviews and presentations can be found here:

Cultures of Energy podcast

New Books Network podcast

Messy Studios event, TBA-21 Academy

Galápagos Listening School, Skibbereen, Ireland

UNESCO World Forum for Intangible Cultural Heritage

Seascape Poetics podcast, “Oceans of Knowing” 

Interest Areas
• Postcolonial Theory / Transnational Studies
• Ecocriticism / Environmental Humanities / Biopolitics
• Critical Theory
• African American Literature & Culture / Black Diaspora Studies
• Sexuality & Gender Studies
• Native American and Indigenous Studies