COPAS is a peer-reviewed e-journal that has served the postgraduate community in American studies since 1999. It connects its readers and contributors to ongoing and recently completed research projects, covering the interdisciplinary field of American studies, including e.g. literature, history, popular culture, media cultures, visual culture, political science, sociology, and geography, as well as papers from other areas that could be of interest to the American Studies community.
"Toward an Environmental Imagination of Displacement" adopts a postcolonial-ecocritical perspective in examining how contemporary North American poetry attempts to negotiate issues of place and displacement. Analyzing poems that go beyond the merely unidirectional trajectory of many narratives of migration (i.e., those moving from displacement to passage to arrival), this article focuses on works that exemplify a transnational poetics. In particular, it looks at the Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali and Caribbean poet Derek Walcott, demonstrating the ways in which their poems are investing in concrete places and natural environments. The paper argues that these poets speak against those theories of displacement that overemphasize deterritorialization and instead attempt to define a language capable of describing the complex relationship between displaced persons and the natural world.