Original, unique, and a significant addition to the humanities scholarship, this book illuminates the historical amnesia in the environmental movement and eco-thought in relation to ongoing violence of dispossession in the colonies of postcolonial states. Tracing the ecological ethics in Kashmir and Palestine while choosing to read personal narratives as cultural texts, Aamir’s individual exegesis of these texts offers key contemporary imaginaries on eco-politics. Her book may be a good source to understand global anxieties about ecocide beyond the emerging postcolonial critique of environmentalism. She manages to challenge postcolonial eco-critique that has typically tended to train its focus more on global “developed” vs “third world” dynamic without disaggregating the postcolonial world itself along a logic of hierarchy.
Sociocultural Anthropologist: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, USA.
The book stands out as a unique and timely contribution to the emerging field of environmental ethics in the context of two palpitating geo-historical nodes — Palestine and Kashmir. The eco-postcolonial discourse, perceived through the lens of literary life narratives of selected authors, underscores the crucial tenets of political resistance that aim to address the issues of marginalization and erasure as experienced and lived out by Kashmiris and Palestinians in particular and people across the globe in general.
Associate Professor: Department of English and Literary Studies
Dean, Institute of Liberal Arts: University of Management and Technology, Lahore
Author of Dynamics of Distancing in Nigerian Drama: A Functional Approach to Metatheatre