Dr. Greg Garrard

Dr. Greg Garrard
Associate Professor, Sustainability
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 391, 3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250-863-2822
E: greg.garrard@ubc.ca

Greg Garrard Photo 2016


Greg Garrard is the FCCS Sustainability Professor at the University of British Columbia, a National Teaching Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy, and a founding member and former Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK & Ireland). He is the author of Ecocriticism (Routledge 2004, 2011 2nd edn) as well as numerous essays on eco-pedagogy, animal studies and environmental criticism. He is editor of Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies (Palgrave 2011) and The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism (OUP 2014), and

co-editor of Environmental Cultures, a book series from Bloomsbury Academic Press. Greg would be interested in supervising undergraduate and graduate research in environmental criticism and theory; critical animal studies; environmental education; literature and science (especially biology and scientific psychology); and contemporary British literature.



Greg is one of the best-known figures in environmental criticism worldwide. His Ecocriticism (Routledge 2004, 2011), the most widely used introduction to the field, has been translated into Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Turkish, and - in an unofficial Taiwanese edition – Mandarin Chinese, and he has given keynote lectures across Asia, Europe and North America. He was founder member and Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UKI) 2004-2010, and is now on the executive council of ASLE (US). The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, which includes 36 specially commissioned essays, is the biggest single-volume collection yet published in the field.


His interests are somewhat ungovernable: his page on academia.edu collects essays on rhododendrons and Romantic poetry; Seamus Heaney, Heidegger and Nazism; air travel in climate change fiction; radical Canadian cinema, Werner Herzog and Wall-E; Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Derek Jarman, eco-pedagogy and feral dogs. He is currently researching representations of cetacean subjectivity.



In 2016-17, Greg will be offering four courses that reflect his research expertise in ecocriticism and critical animal studies. They include ‘Tongues in Trees: Literary Forests’, an exciting, innovative course at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It follows ‘In Pursuit of the Whale’, which was the first literature course at BMSC in July 2016.


In recent course evaluations, Greg received the following average rating (out of 5) as a ‘very good instructor’: 2013 ENGL355P 4.5 (n=27);

2014 ENGL336C 4.7 (n=20); 2014 ENGL355P 4.5 (n=8); 2014 ENGL151 4.2 (n=24); 2015 ENGL153 4.5 (n=84); ENGL150 4.6 (n=27);

ENGL345 4.6 (n=14).


The class averages were: 2013 ENGL355P 73.65% (n=31); 2014 ENGL336C 73.08% (n=25); 2014 ENGL355P 77.2% (n=10); 2014 ENGL151 70.71% (n=35); 2015 ENGL150 72% (n=27); ENGL345 75.6% (n=14); ‘In Pursuit of the Whale’ (BMSC) 83.2% (n=17). For comparison, the average across 100-level English courses is 72.24%, and the average across 300-level courses is 74.54%.


W1 courses: ENGL297 ‘Reading Animals’ and ENGL477 ‘Literature and Science: Climate Fictions’.


W2 courses: ENGL397 ‘Contemporary Environmental Writing: Writing Pollution’ and ENGL388 ‘Beyond Anthropocentrism: Dog Tales’.


July 3-21 2017: ‘Tongues in Trees: Literary Forests’. This 3-week place-based course will examine the literature of forests, from Shakespeare’s

‘As You Like It’ to Eden Robinson’s ‘Monkey Beach’. With field trips to the old growth forests of the Pacific Rim National Park and intensive Oxbridge-style tutorials to work on written assignments, this course will be both tough and rewarding. The class will be made up of undergraduate and graduate students from UBC, UVic, SFU, U of A and U of C. Regular course fees apply, plus $1400 for 3 weeks accommodation, field trips and excellent food.

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