Greg Garrard

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

English, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Sustainability
Other Titles: Professor of Environmental Humanities
Office: CCS 323E

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Ecocriticism; contemporary environmental writing; critical animal studies; film and media studies; literature and science; Canadian literature.

Courses & Teaching

English; Sustainability


Greg is an English-sounding Canadian who lived in the Netherlands, Lebanon, England and Wales before coming to Kelowna in 2013. While working at Bath Spa University in the west of England, he was a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Artswork Publishing Lab and later a Reader in environmental literature. He served as Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK and Ireland) 2004-2010 and as managing editor, later co-editor, of Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 2008-2015.


University of Liverpool, PhD, English/Philosophy, University of Wales Swansea, MA, English/Philosophy, University of Wales Swansea, BA (Hons.) First class English/Philosophy

Research Interests & Projects

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. The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, which includes 36 specially commissioned essays, is the biggest single-volume collection yet published in the field. Environmental Cultures, the series he co-edits for Bloomsbury Academic, currently has 13 titles in print.

Greg’s interests are somewhat ungovernable: his page on collects essays on rhododendrons and Romantic poetry; climate scepticism; 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.

Greg would be interested in supervising undergraduate and graduate research in environmental criticism and theory; human-animal studies; environmental education; literature and science (especially biology and scientific psychology); and contemporary British literature. Possible future directions for his research and supervision include:

  • Canadian literature and ecocriticism
  • Conservative environmentalisms and anti-environmentalist cultures
  • Cetacean cultures/cetaceans in culture
  • Zoophile literature
  • Environmental misanthropy
  • Cultural ecology of wildfire

Selected Publications & Presentations


Greg Garrard, Axel Goodbody, George Handley and Stephanie Posthumus, Climate Change Scepticism: A Transnational Ecocritical Analysis, Bloomsbury Academic 2019, 288pp.

Garrard, Greg (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, Oxford University Press, 2014, 577pp.

Additional essays published online:

‘New British Nature Writing’, Deborah Lilley, April 2017

‘South African Ecocriticism: Landscapes, Animals, and Environmental Justice’, Brooke Stanley and Walter Dana Phillips, February 2017

‘Trans Ecology and the Transgender Road Narrative’, Nicole Seymour, September 2016

Garrard, Greg (ed.). Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies, Palgrave Macmillan 2011 (pb edn: 2016), 174pp.

Garrard, Greg. Ecocriticism (revised and expanded 2nd edn), Routledge 2011, 230 pp.

Ecocriticism, Routledge 2004, 224pp. (Translations: Ecocriticá, trans. V. Ribeiro, UnB [Brasilia University Press], 2006; Ecocriticism, trans. Aziz Subhi Jaber, Kalima Institute, Abu Dhabi, 2011; Ekoeleştiri, trans. Ertuğrul Genç, Kolektif Düşünce [Turkey], 2016; Ecocriticism, trans. tbc, Seoul National University Press, forthcoming)

Articles and Chapters

Garrard, Greg. ‘Towards an Unprecedented Ecocritical Pedagogy’, in Teaching Literature: Text and Dialogue in the English Classroom, ed. B. Knights, 2017, Palgrave, 189-207.

Garrard, Greg. ‘Bestial Humans and Sexual Animals: Zoophilia in Law and Literature’, in Animalities, ed. M. Lundblad, Edinburgh University Press, 2017, 211-235.

Garrard, Greg. ‘The Environmental Humanities: Notes Towards a Summary for Policymakers’, in The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, ed. U. Heise and J. Christensen, Routledge, 2016, 446-456.

Garrard, Greg. ‘Memories of Snow: Nostalgia, Amnesia, Re-reading’, Memory in the Twenty-First Century: New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences, ed. S. Groes, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 163-169.

Garrard, Greg. ‘Solar: Apocalypse Not’, in Ian McEwan: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (2nd edn), ed. S. Groes, Continuum, 2013, 123-136.

Garrard, Greg. ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Green: Air Travel, Climate Change and Literature’, Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 2013 (Vol. 17, no. 2): 175-188.

Garrard, Greg. ‘Endgame: Beckett’s “Ecological Thought”’, Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui,[1] 2011 (Vol. 23): 383-397.

Garrard, Greg. ‘How Queer is Green?’, Configurations, Winter 2010 (Vol.18, nos. 1-2): 73-96.

Garrard, Greg. ‘Heidegger Nazism Ecocriticism’, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment,15 Spring 2010 (Vol. 17, no. 2): 251-271.

[1] SJR H-index 4. Fourth quartile ‘Literature and Literary Theory’ 2013, 2014. Second quartile 2015. Third quartile 2016.

Selected Grants & Awards

In 2006, Greg was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the highest award for university teaching in the UK. Two years later, he won the coveted ‘Best Dressed Lecturer’ award at Bath Spa University. In 2018, he was included on UBC’s Honour Roll for Teaching thanks to the excellent feedback he received from students. Since 2013, he has taught ‘Dog Tales’, ‘Climate Fiction’, ‘Anthropocene Culture’, ‘Writing Pollution’, ‘Canadian Environmental Writing’, ‘Reading Animals’ and ‘Bestial Passions’, a course on zoophile literature.

Greg has also taught a three week residential course, ‘In Pursuit of the Whale’, at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre in 2016 and 2018. Students combine traditional classroom discussion of literature with place-based learning, including whale-watching, hiking in the rainforest, and touring Kiixin, an abandoned Huu-Aye-Aht whaling village. The course will run again in summer 2020.

Awards & Distinctions     

National Teaching Fellowship, Higher Education Academy (UK), 2006

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment


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