Ralph, Dr Iris

Packing death in Australian literature: Ecocides and eco-sides
Ralph, Dr Iris

Associate Professor, English Department

Tamkang University, Taiwan
Research interests / activities:

My animal related interests and research stem from my research and teaching in the area of ecocriticism and the work that I did for my dissertation (University of Texas at Austin, Texas, U.S.A., 2005) which was an ecocritical study of visual art and 19th and 20th century U.S. literature. That work led to my present research and teaching in the area of animal studies and posthumanism.

My current animal related interests tie to Australian literature.


Packing death in Australian literature: Ecocides and eco-sides, Routledge, 2020.
“Ecophobia and the Porcelain Porcine Species.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (journal), vol. 26, no. 2, Spring 2019, pp. 401-412.
“Packing Death in Australian Literature.” Kritika Kultura (journal), vols. 33-34, 2019/2020, pp. 618-640.
Book review of Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times by Stacey Alaimo. International Comparative Literature (journal) (Shanghai Normal University, China), vol. 1, no. 2, Autumn 2018, pp. 328-330.
“An Animal Studies and Ecocritical Reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Neohelicon (journal), vol. 44, no. 2, December 2017, pp. 431-444.
“Pre-texts for Tree-texts, Deforestation in Taiwan, and The Rain in the Trees.” Ecocriticism in Taiwan: Identity, Environment, and the Arts. Ed. Chia-ju Chang and Scott Slovic. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington, 2016. 123-131.
“Teaching English Literature in Taiwan in Environmental and Ecocritical Contexts.” Doing English in Asia: Global Literature and Culture. Ed. Sheng-mei Ma and Patricia Haseltine. New York: Lexington, 2016. 87-98.
“Ecocriticism and the Modern Artist’s notice of nature.” William Carlos Williams Review (Penn State University Press) 32.1-2 (2015): 116-134.

Potential areas for research supervision:
animal studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, plant studies, Australian literature, U.S.-American literature, and literature from the U.K. and Ireland