By Priscilla Leder

Barbara Kingsolver's books have bought hundreds of thousands of copies. The Poisonwood Bible was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and her paintings is studied in classes starting from English-as-a-second-language sessions to seminars in doctoral courses. but, previously, there was quite little scholarly research of her writings.

Seeds of swap: serious Essays on Barbara Kingsolver, edited by way of Priscilla V. Leder, is the 1st selection of essays reading the complete diversity of Kingsolver's literary output. The articles during this new quantity supply research, context, and observation on all of Kingsolver's novels, her poetry, her essay collections, and her full-length nonfiction memoir, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A yr of meals Life.

Professor Leder starts off Seeds of swap with a short serious biography that strains Kingsolver's improvement as a author. Leder additionally contains an summary of the scholarship on Kingsolver's oeuvre. equipped by way of subject material, the 14 essays within the publication are divided into 3 sections tha take care of recurrent subject matters in Kingsolver's compositions: id, social justice, and ecology.

The items during this ground-breaking quantity draw upon modern severe approaches—ecocritical, postcolonial, feminist, and incapacity studies—to expand demonstrated traces of inquiry into Kingsolver's writing and to take them in new instructions. by means of evaluating Kingsolver with past writers akin to Joseph Conrad and Henry David Thoreau, the individuals position her canon in literary context and find her in cultural contexts by way of revealing how she re-works conventional narratives comparable to the Western fantasy. additionally they deal with the extra debatable elements of her writings, interpreting her political advocacy and her dating to her reader, as well as exploring her imaginative and prescient of a extra simply and harmonious world.

Fully listed with a accomplished works-cited part, Seeds of Change provides students and scholars very important perception and research on the way to deepen and expand their figuring out and adventure of Barbara Kingsolver's work.

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