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Environmental Literature: Ecocriticism

The GIECO research group aims to address the study of relationships between human beings and the environment from the field of humanities. Such relationships are understood more specifically as a cultural expression of a people. The theoretical starting point of the project is ecocriticism. This theory arises as a response and addition to the contemporary humanist project, which has considered the human being as a social being as well as an individual, but has abandoned its close relationship and interdependence with nature and the creatures that inhabit it. This school has reached a certain echo among American, English and German researchers, but it is still little known in Spain.

  • Principal Investigator (PI): Carmen Flys Junquera, Universidad de Alcalá
  • Carmen Valero Garcés
  • Esther Hernández Longas
  • Esther Laso y León
  • Irene Sanz Alonso
  • Julia Barella Vigal
  • Olga González Calvo
  • Paloma Villamil Agraso


  • David Río Raigadas
  • Diana Villanueva Romero
  • Esther Rey Torrijos
  • Imelda Martín Junquera
  • José Manuel Marrero Henríquez
  • Juan Ignacio Oliva Cruz
  • Lorraine Kerslake
  • Margarita Carretero González
  • María Antonia Mezquita Fernández
  • Montserrat López Mújica
  • Patrick D. Murphy
  • Purificación Bibiana Pérez Ruiz
  • Teo Sanz
  • Terry Gifford


European Journal on Literature, Culture and Environment

Ecozon@. European Journal on Literature, Culture and Environment, founded in 2010, it is a joint initiative of GIECO (Research Group on Ecocriticism of the Instituto Franklin, Universidad de Alcalá) and EASLCE (European Association for Studies in Literature, Culture and Environment).

Ecozon@ is currently indexed in MLA, OAI, DOAJ and Latindex.


Environmental Crisis and Human Costs (2015)Ufuk Özdağ and François Gavillon.

Realidad y simbología de la montaña (2012). Juan Ignacio Oliva, (ed.)

Seminar “Enviromental Humanities.  Strategies for the Ecologic Empathy and the Transition to Sustainable Societies”. 

Instituto Franklin-UAH, June 2, 2016

Seminar “The many facets of Ecofeminism”

Universidad de Alcalá. March 2014

Sessions on Ecology and Culture and American Indian Literature

Museo de América, July 5, 2012

V Ecocriticism Research Seminar 2011: “Literature of the sea / the sea in literature”

San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria. September 22-25, 2011

During these four days, we could hear presentations on literary images of the sea, the sea as a metaphor, sea creatures and how humans relate to them, or about the relationship between humans and the sea.

IV Ecocriticism Research Seminar 2010: “Sense Of Place In A Changing World”

Universidad de Alcalá. September 30, 2010

With a talk entitled “Re-Scaling Geo-Loyalty: Sidestepping the Local-Global Impasse? “by Dr. Scott Slovic (University of Reno), one of the most important figures on Ecocriticism worldwide. The author Jorge Riechmann presented the book Ecocríticas. Literatura y Medio Ambiente.

Lecture “Ecocriticism: Using Words to Save the Earth”

Instituto Franklin-UAH, April 8, 2010.

Speaker: Dr. Annie Ingram, President of ASLE; Davidson College, United States

III Ecocriticism Research Seminar 2010: “mountains: reality and symbolism”

National Park of Las Canadas del Teide, March 12-14, 2010.

The aim of this seminar was to exchange different views on the mountain as a cultural and literary archetype.

II Ecocriticism Research Seminar 2009: “loci loquentes”

Huéscar, Granada. October 22-25, 2009

Dr. Patrick Murphy gave a talk entitled “An Ecological Feminist Revisioning of the Masculinist Sublime”. Several activities took place during the seminar: the study of various theories on ecocriticism on the site, the analysis and discussion of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver Poisoned and the field trip to the Mountain range of La Sagra and the downstream boundary of Castril.

I Ecocriticism Research Seminar 2008: “Ecocriticism in Spain”

Monfragüe National Park. April 4-6, 2008

The aim of this research seminar was to exchange research work in some discussion sessions.

Lecture on “Practicing Ecocriticism in Literary and Cultural Studies”

Speaker: Patrick D. Murphy, University of Miami, Florida.

Instituto Franklin-UAH, October 21, 2011.


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