I traveled to Ecuador under a Western Illinois University (WIU) stipend in the summer of 2008 in order to research the economies of deforestation vis-à-vis the preservation of primary and secondary forests in the Amazon. During a period of three weeks I was able to spend time with a Quichua community and to travel into a number of national parks as well as biological and botanical reserves. Amazonian biodiversity is directly connected to the efforts of individuals, local communities, and the state to deal with the implications of deforestation. My research also included developing a study abroad component for the interdisciplinary course “Amazonia in the Arts: Ecocriticism vs. the Economies of Deforestation.” I chose the Ecuadorean Amazon as a case study because it represents a microcosm of widespread rainforest deforestation in the world at large. By adopting ecocriticism as my theory and methodology, I was able to structure my project in order to better understand the nature of the economies of deforestation.
|Keywords:||Ecocriticism, Environmental Policies, Amazon Biodiversity, Literature, Film Studies, Political Art and Economic Theory|
Al Ain ELS Center, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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