Through a Vegan Studies Lens: Textual Ethics and Lived Activism (Cultural Ecologies of Food in the Twenty-First Century) (Paperback)

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Through a Vegan Studies Lens: Textual Ethics and Lived Activism (Cultural Ecologies of Food in the Twenty-First Century) By Laura Wright (Editor) Cover Image
By Laura Wright (Editor)
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Interest in the vegan studies field continues to grow as veganism has become increasingly visible via celebrity endorsements and universally acknowledged health benefits, and veganism and vegan characters are increasingly present in works of art and literature. Through a Vegan Studies Lens broadens the scope of vegan studies by engaging in the mainstream discourse found in a wide variety of contemporary works of literature, popular cultural representations, advertising, and news media.

Veganism is a practice that allows for environmentally responsible consumer choices that are viewed, particularly in the West, as oppositional to an economy that is largely dependent upon big agriculture. This groundbreaking collection exposes this disruption, critiques it, and offers a new roadmap for navigating and reimaging popular culture representations on veganism. These essays engage a wide variety of political, historical, and cultural issues, including contemporary political and social circumstances, emergent veganism in Eastern Europe, climate change, and the Syrian refugee crisis, among other topics.

Through a Vegan Studies Lens significantly furthers the conversation of what a vegan studies perspective can be and illustrates why it should be an integral part of cultural studies and critical theory. Vegan studies is inclusive, refusing to ignore the displacement, abuse, and mistreatment of nonhuman animals. It also looks to ignite conversations about cultural oppression.

About the Author

Laura Wright is the author of three books and a professor of English at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where she specializes in postcolonial literatures and theory, ecocriticism, and animal studies.

Praise For…

"Through a Vegan Studies Lens is an invigorating collection for academics in the fields of vegan studies, as well as the intersecting fields of food, environmental, and animal studies."
Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment

"I’m thrilled to see this book because it’s a necessary text, not only for those in the fields of vegan, animal, and environmental studies but for all who care about animals and the planet. This book challenges conventional cultural norms and inspires us to change old ways of thinking and to do better."
Eco Lit Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9781948908108
ISBN-10: 1948908107
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication Date: February 20th, 2019
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Cultural Ecologies of Food in the Twenty-First Century