Energy in Literature:
Essays on energy and its social and environmental implications in twentieth and twenty-first century literary texts


ISBN: 978-1-910018-00-2

July 2015


ISBN: 978-1-910018-01-9

July 2015

How are sources of energy presented in twentieth and twenty-first century literary texts? Energy in Literature shows the connections in twentieth and twenty-first century literary texts between energy, society, and environment.

The edited volume includes a substantial introduction, poems on energy, eighteen critical essays from international contributors, and a photo essay. The book explores how authors of recent world literature present energy sources ranging from coal and oil to solar, wind, nuclear, biofuels, and hydropower, and how these sources affect local and global communities. The anthology focuses on the impact energy sources have on individuals and the environment, and on salient themes including pollution; disposal of waste; industrial landscapes; sustainability;  resource extraction and its economic, social, and developmental consequences; the intertwining between nature and culture; and gender and ethnic identity constructions.

 The Editor

Paula Anca Farca is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies at Colorado School of Mines, USA, where she teaches literature, writing, and academic publishing. Her main research focuses on contemporary, postcolonial, and Indigenous literature. Along with numerous published critical essays and book chapters, Paula has published Identity in Place: Contemporary Indigenous Fiction by Women Writers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (2011), co-authored a textbook, A Student’s Guide to Nature and Human Values (2010 and 2012), and coedited Speculations: An Anthology for Reading, Writing, and Research (2006). This is her first book with TrueHeart Press.


Contributors include: Paula Anca Farca, Toni Lefton, Lloyd Isaac Vayo, Olga Colbert, Sarah Jayne Hitt, Tracy Lassiter, Scott DeVries, Thomas Inyabri, Judith Rauscher, Linda Helstern, Andreas Rutkauskas, Rebecca Wright, Zachary Tavlin, Matthew Cella, Stephen Hunt, Greg Lynall, Andrew Wallis, and Daniel Keyes.

Key Features

  • proposes an interdisciplinary approach
  • has a global and international scope
  • brings together fields such as humanities, social sciences, technology, science, and environmental studies
  • shows connections in recent literary texts among energy, society, individuals, communities, and the environment
  • presents challenging debates on energy in novels, short stories, poems, photography, and film
  • makes a case for how literature and, by extrapolation, humanities and social sciences deserve a place at the table when it comes to energy debates because of their creative answers to pressing energy problems

Edited by Paula Anca Farca, Colorado School of Mines, USA