The tenderness and ecstasy we experience in contemplating nature… is the awareness of this unity with everything that is hidden from us by time.

—Lev Tolstoy
Notwithstanding that ecocriticism and postcolonial studies both originate in questions of place, these areas of inquiry all too frequently pursue parallel trajectories that converge only in the rarest of instances. Rob Nixon is one of the few ecocritics to straddle the colonial divide through a framework that incorporates cultures as wide ranging as the Caribbean, South Africa, the Middle East, and Indonesia. Nixon has enumerated four axes along which ecocriticism and postcolonial theory most commonly diverge. Ecocriticism in Nixon's account traditionally strives for purity, continuity between place and space, and a coherent national identity. The combined result of these three variables is historical amnesia. By contrast, postcolonialism, fractured by the very conditions of its emergence, has tended to embrace hybridity, displacement, transnationality, and historical...

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