The Postcolonial Nonhuman. An Introduction


  • Erin James University of Idaho
  • Cajetan Iheka Yale University
  • Juan Ignacio Oliva University of La Laguna



Introduction to the guest edited section.


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Author Biographies

Erin James, University of Idaho

Erin James is Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty of Environmental Science at the University of Idaho. She recently published Narrative in the Anthropocene with Ohio State University Press. The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives (University of Nebraska Press 2015) won the International Society for the Study of Narrative’s (ISSN) 2017 Perkins Prize and was a finalist for the Association of the Study of Literature and Environment’s (ASLE) Ecocriticism Book Award that same year. She has also published essays in DIEGESISSubStance, the Journal of Narrative Theory and Poetics Today, as well as Environment and Narrative: New Directions in Econarratology, which she co-edited with Eric Morel (Ohio State University Press 2020). She is the current President of the ISSN, has been the Co-Coordinator of the ASLE Mentoring Program since 2015, and is Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Confluence Lab (

Cajetan Iheka, Yale University

Cajetan Iheka is Professor of English at Yale University, specializing in African literature, ecocriticism, ecomedia, and postcolonial literature. He is the author of multiple award-winning books, including Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in African Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and African Ecomedia: Network Forms, Planetary Politics (Duke University Press, 2021). Iheka is editor of the MLA volume Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media (2022). He also coedited African Migration Narratives: Politics, Race, and Space (University of Rochester Press, 2018), and Environmental Transformations, a special issue of African Literature Today.

Juan Ignacio Oliva, University of La Laguna

Dr Juan Ignacio Oliva is Full Professor at Universidad de La Laguna (Tenerife, Canaries, SPAIN), where he teaches Postcolonial Anglophone Literatures with an interest in environmentally aware texts. He has recently co-edited Revolving Around India(s) (CSP 2019) and four monographs on “Indian Ocean Imaginaries,” “Indian Representations on Screen” & “Ecocriticism in English Studies” (RCEI 64/77/82/83), and edited The Painful Chrysalis. Essays on Contemporary Cultural and Literary Identity (Peter Lang 2011) and Realidad y simbología de la montaña (UAH 2012). He is presently head of the La Laguna Center for Canadian Studies and current editor of RCEI (Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses). He was appointed president of EASLCE (the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment) in the period 2014-16; president of AEEII (Spanish Association of Interdisciplinary Studies about India), 2014-2019, and is currently president of the Spanish James Joyce Association (2019-). He forms part of GIECO (Grupo de Investigación en Ecocrítica-Franklin Institute-UAH) and Ratnakara (Indian Ocean-UAB) research groups.






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