Book Reviews Christine Cusick, ed. Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts. Cork: Cork University Press, 2010. 269 pp. Cloth, 39.00, isbn: 978-1-85918-454-7. Reviewed by Claire Bracken, Union College Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts is a significant collection of essays in a mode of critical inquiry that is becoming an increasing field of importance in literary and cultural studies. But perhaps "mode" is not the best way to describe the practices of ecocriticism. Following Lawrence Buell, we can consider it to be "issue-driven" rather than functioning as a specific methodology, imagining it as a space that "gathers itself around a commitment to environmentality" (2004, 11). In this way, academic ecocritical works can be interpreted as having a shared material bedrock, all the while navigating different routes and pathways in their travels over, across, and within the spaces of the earth. The essays in Out of the Earth display such exciting variability, deploying as they do different locations (theoretical, generic, aesthetic, temporal) from which to consider the intersections between Irish landscape and text, between people and place. Given the overdetermination of the cultural and political significance of land in the Irish historical imaginary
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