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  • 1. Native Tourist inFlorida Roadkill:An Ecocritical ApproachBy Megan Getter
  • 2.  First in Serge series Road trip across Florida Serge and others hunting down money
  • 3. Ecocriticism Analyzes the implications of the interactions between human and nature Uses Interdisciplinary study of ecology and literature
  • 4. The Big Questions “In what ways do highly evolved and self-aware beings relate to nature?” “What roles do language, literature, and art play in this relation?” “How have modernization and globalization processes transformed it?” “Is it possible to return to more ecologically attuned ways of inhabiting nature, and what would be the cultural prerequisites for such a change?” (Heise 504)
  • 5. Serge Storms “curiously likable” because “Serge, after all, only kills those who deserve it” 1 “an avenging angel of sorts, out to rid the state of corruption even if he has to kill three-fourths of the population in the process” 2 1 Contemporary Authors Online n.p. 2 Hooper 1603
  • 6. Native Tourist• Florida landscape - natural and man-made• Examples • Coral incident • Key Deer• Selfish reasons for protecting
  • 7. EnvironmentalOrientations• Nature as “a dominating force, one that cannot be harnessed”• Nature as “a balancing act between the environment and their needs”• Nature as “a slave and try to control and rule it” (Neuliep 145)
  • 8. Development• Florida overrun by tourists• Vista Isles • Creates false environment • Hoodwinks old people• Greed major problem in Florida Image Credit:
  • 9. Pollution• Malathion pesticide • Used on citrus • Promoted as safe • Kills people• Pollution – major issue for Dorsey
  • 10. Dorsey as an Ecocritic Shows readers potential and existing problems Examples of how not to interact with the environment Offers unrealistic solution to problems Compels readers to act more responsibly
  • 11. Works Cited Bracke, Astrid, and Marguerite  Harmon, William. ”Ecocriticism” A Corporaal. "Ecocriticism And Handbook to Literature. 12th ed. English Studies: An Introduction." Boston: Pearson, 2012. Print. English Studies 91.7 (2010): 709- 712. Academic Search Complete.  Hooper, Brad, and Bill Ott. "Florida Web. 31 Oct. 2011. Roadkill." Booklist 1 May 2001: 1603. Literature Resource Center. Dorsey, Tim. Florida Roadkill. New Web. 31 Oct. 2011. York: Harper, 1999. Print.  McKee, Richard. “Tim Dorsey, "Florida Roadkill." Publishers Satirical Crime Writer Weekly 5 July 1999: 58. Literature Extraordinaire.” Florida Crime Resource Center. Web. 31 Oct. Writers: 24 Interviews. Ed. Steve 2011 Glassman. Jefferson: McFarland, 2008. 40-49. Print. Garrard, Greg. "Beginnings: Pollution." Introduction.  "Tim Dorsey." Contemporary Ecocriticism. 2nd ed. New York: Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, Routledge, 2012. 1-17. Print. 2010. Literature Resource Gifford, Terry. "Recent Critiques in  Center. Web. 31 Oct. 2011. Ecocriticism." New Formations 64 (2008): 15-24. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 31 Oct. 2011.