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


Elizabeth DeLoughrey is a professor in the English Department and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 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 (Oceania).  She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Literatures (U of Hawai`i Press, 2007), and Allegories of the Anthropocene (Duke UP, 2019), which examines climate change and empire in the literary and visual arts. She is co-editor of the volumes Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (Virginia UP, 2005); Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (Oxford UP, 2011); and Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches (Routledge, 2015) and of numerous journal issues on critical ocean, island and militarism studies. Her scholarship has been supported by institutions such as the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fulbright New Zealand, the Rachel Carson Center (LMU, Munich), the UC Humanities Research Institute, and the Cornell Society for the Humanities. Most recently she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2021-22).


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

Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific  Island Literatures. U of Hawai’i Press, 2007.
[Full text]

Edited Books

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

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

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]

Edited Journal Collections

Co-editor, Special issue of Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific 37. (Australia) with Victor Bascara & Keith L. Camacho. March 2015.

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

Co-editor, Special cluster on postcolonial ecocriticism, with Cara Cilano. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. 14:1 (Winter 2007).

Articles, Essays, Chapters

“Drawn by Water,” Deborah Jack: 20 Years Catalogue, Pen+Brush Gallery, New York, 2022. 78-87.

“Kinship in the Abyss: Submerging with The Deep,” Atlantic Studies, 20:1 2022. 1-13. [PDF]

“Mining the Seas: Speculative Fictions and Futures,” Laws of the Sea: Interdisciplinary Currents, Ed. by Irus Braverman, Routledge, 2022. 144-163. [PDF]

“Care,” special 50th anniversary edition, What Matters Most, Women’s Studies, 50:8. (2021) 812-819. [PDF]

“Blue Ocean Being: The Space In-Between,” María Magdalena Campos Pons: Sea and Self Exhibit Gallery Guide, Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI., 2021. 24-31.

“The Animacy of Light,” Allora & Calzadilla: Specters of Noon, Menil Collection Exhibition Catalogue, Houston, TX, 2021. 117-118. [PDF]

“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]

“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]

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

“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]

“Island Ecologies and Caribbean Literatures.” TESG: Journal of Economic and Social Geography Special issue on Island Studies, Ed. Godfrey Baldacchino. 95:3 (2004): 298-310.

“White Fathers, Brown Daughters: The Frisbie Family Romance and the American Pacific.” Literature and Racial Ambiguity. Eds. Teresa Hubel and Neil Brooks. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi Press, 2002. 157-186.

“’The litany of islands, The rosary of archipelagoes:’ Caribbean and Pacific Heterotopias.” Ariel Special Issue: Small Cultures: The Literature of Micro-States. Eds. Shirley Geok-Lin Lim and Elaine Ho. 32:1 (2001): 21-51.

“Some Pitfalls of Caribbean Regionalism: Colonial Roots and Migratory Routes.” Journal of Caribbean Literatures 3:1 (Fall 2000): 51-71.

Interviews and Presentations

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