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Dr. Greg Garrard

University of British Columbia - Okanagan
In Pursuit of the Whale

“BMSC means a lot to me because my granddad worked at the cable station in Bamfield in the 1940s, and my dad was brought up here. I proposed the first ever literature course at BMSC in 2016 because I wanted to ‘return’ to this ancestral place, but also because I wanted to teach environmental criticism in a research facility that’s primarily dedicated to the natural sciences. I was delighted to find that, once the initial bafflement had worn off, both students and faculty learned a lot from the sustained interdisciplinary encounter. I love teaching in an immersive environment, with few technological distractions and real live grey whales swimming just offshore. It was a particular privilege to be taken, by a Huu-Aye-Aht elder, to the whaling chief’s longhouse in the abandoned village of Kiix?in, where whalebones still mouldered in the undergrowth.

Favourite organism: grey whale, obv.!”

“I am Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan, and a cross-campus Sustainability Professor. My research and teaching are in the fields of environmental literature, ecocriticism and human-animal studies (HAS). My book Ecocriticism (Routledge 2004, 2011) is the most widely used introductory text in the world, and I’ve also edited the Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. I’m series editor of Environmental Cultures, from Bloomsbury Academic, as well as lead author of Climate Change Scepticism: a Transnational Ecocritical Analysis. You can check out my research papers here: https://universityofbritishcolumbia.academia.edu/GregGarrard.” Dr. Greg Garrard


In Pursuit of the Whale, 2016