DeLoughrey, Elizabeth


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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]

“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.

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]

Additional Information

Professor Elizabeth DeLoughrey has appointments in the English Department and the UCLA Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. She is the founder and coordinator of the UCLA Postcolonial Literature and Theory Colloquium and was co-editor for the online open access journal Environmental Humanities (2015-2020). Her scholarship has been supported by institutions such as the ACLS, NEH, Rockefeller, Mellon Foundation, UCLA Global Studies Program, Fulbright, UC Humanities Research Institute, and the Cornell Society for the Humanities. She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Literatures (2007), and co-editor of 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 book, Allegories of the Anthropocene (2019), examines climate change and empire in the literary and visual arts and was published by Duke University Press in 2019.

Prof DeLoughrey teaches postcolonial and indigenous literature courses on the environment, globalization, the politics of food, and the Anthropocene and climate change, with a focus on women’s literature of the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. For a number of years she was the faculty mentor for the Geography Department’s graduate food studies group. In 2012-2013 she coordinated the Global Ecologies: Nature/Narrative/Neoliberalism Conference at UCLA [podcast here], a workshop on Pacific Island militarization at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, and a workshop on Imperialism, Narrative and the Environment at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat, Munich. In 2011 she co-organized the Legacies of Pacific Island Militarization workshop and in 2010 the Globalized Islands: Contemporary Literature & the Transnational Encounter conference at UCLA. In 2009 she was one of the departmental co-organizers of the Mellon Foundation’s Cultural Pre-history of Environmentalism Project. In 2013-14 she was on leave at the Huntington Library as an ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow, and in 2015 she was Visiting Professor at Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier, France.  In 2018-19 she was on a University of California President’s Faculty Research Fellowship and a Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society Fellowship in Munich, Germany.

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