We would first like to thank Heather Lundine and the University of Nebraska Press staff for supporting this project. We would also like to thank Lola Burnham for her helpful commentary on the original manuscript and the Eastern Illinois University Council on Faculty Research for their financial support of this project. Support from our colleagues, including our English department’s chair, Dana Ringuette, and our weekly research group has also encouraged us. Most important, we would like to thank our family and friends for their encouragement and understanding throughout this project. Thanks also to Julia Lesage and Chuck Kleinhans, editors of Jump Cut, for their unending support for our work.
We also appreciate the professional climate University of Nebraska Press provided us. Our experience with the University of Nebraska Press has been a pleasant one because of editor Heather Lundine’s dedication to this project.
Parts of chapter 1 and chapter 2 were published in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and are used with permission. Chapter 10 is an expanded and revised version of “WALL-E: From Environmental Adaptation to Sentimental Nostalgia” published in Jump Cut 51 (Spring 2009) and is used with permission.