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Ecology Without Nature

Ecology Without Nature

Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics

  • Author: Timothy Morton
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674024342
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 249
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In Ecology without Nature, Timothy Morton argues that the chief stumbling block to environmental thinking is the image of nature itself. Ecological writers propose a new worldview, but their very zeal to preserve the natural world leads them away from the "nature" they revere. The problem is a symptom of the ecological catastrophe in which we are living. Morton sets out a seeming paradox: to have a properly ecological view, we must relinquish the idea of nature once and for all. Ecology without Nature investigates our ecological assumptions in a way that is provocative and deeply engaging. Ranging widely in eighteenth-century through contemporary philosophy, culture, and history, he explores the value of art in imagining environmental projects for the future. Morton develops a fresh vocabulary for reading "environmentality" in artistic form as well as content, and traces the contexts of ecological constructs through the history of capitalism. From John Clare to John Cage, from Kierkegaard to Kristeva, from The Lord of the Rings to electronic life forms, Ecology without Nature widens our view of ecological criticism, and deepens our understanding of ecology itself. Instead of trying to use an idea of nature to heal what society has damaged, Morton sets out a radical new form of ecological criticism: "dark ecology."

Ecology without Culture

Ecology without Culture

Aesthetics for a Toxic World

  • Author: Christine L. Marran
  • Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
  • ISBN: 1452955719
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 160
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Cultures have long defined themselves through biological elements to prove their strength and longevity, from cherry blossoms in Japan to amber waves of grain in the United States. In Ecology without Culture, Christine L. Marran introduces the concept of biotropes—material and semiotic figures that exist for human perception—to navigate how and why the material world has proven to be such an effective medium for representing culture. A bold and timely reconsideration of ecocriticism, Ecology without Culture insists on decentering questions of culture to highlight the materiality of poetry, film, and prose fiction. Marran argues that ecocriticism can critique ecological realities more effectively from outside the frame of human exceptionalism. Through discussions of primarily non-Anglophone literature, poetry, and cinema about toxic events in contemporary history— from the depiction of slow violence in documentary by Tsuchimoto Noriaki to the powerful poetry of Ishimure Michiko—Marran argues that ecocriticism must find a way to engage culture without making the perpetuation of ethnos and anthropos the endgame of ecopolitics. Using the biological foundations and geological time scales of textual worlds to more deeply critique cultural humanism, Marran ultimately contends that the chief stumbling block to ecological thinking is not the image of nature, but the image of culture.

Nature Speaks

Nature Speaks

Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy

  • Author: Kellie Robertson
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN: 0812248651
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 456
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Nature Speaks recovers the common ground shared between physics—what used to be known as "natural philosophy"—and fiction-writing as ways of representing the natural world. In doing so, it traces how nature gained an authoritative voice in the late medieval period only to lose it at the outset of modernity.

Coexistentialism and the Unbearable Intimacy of Ecological Emergency

Coexistentialism and the Unbearable Intimacy of Ecological Emergency

  • Author: Sam Mickey
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1498517676
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 260
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Engaging with contemporary renewals of existentialism as "coexistentialism" and "ecological existentialism," this book extends existentialist concerns for human existence to include the unique differences and strange possibilities of all humans and nonhumans intimately intertwined in the emergency conditions of ecological coexistence.

The Textual Life of Airports

The Textual Life of Airports

Reading the Culture of Flight

  • Author: Christopher Schaberg
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1441175210
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 177
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From the earliest airfields to the post-9/11 turn, this book investigates how airports figure in the American cultural imagination. >

End of Phenomenology

End of Phenomenology

  • Author: Tom Sparrow
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 0748684859
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 216
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Shows how speculative realism is replacing phenomenology as the beacon of realism in contemporary Continental philosophy.

Religion and Ecology

Religion and Ecology

Developing a Planetary Ethic

  • Author: Whitney A. Bauman
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231537107
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 256
  • View: 326
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Moving beyond identity politics while continuing to respect diverse entities and concerns, Whitney A. Bauman builds a planetary politics that better responds to the realities of a pluralistic world. Calling attention to the historical, political, and ecological influences shaping our understanding of nature, religion, humanity, and identity, Bauman collapses the boundaries separating male from female, biology from machine, human from more than human, and religion from science, encouraging readers to embrace hybridity and the inherent fluctuations of an open, evolving global community. As he outlines his planetary ethic, Bauman concurrently develops an environmental ethic of movement that relies not on place but on the daily connections we make across the planet. He shows how both identity politics and environmental ethics fail to realize planetary politics and action, limited as they are by foundational modes of thought that create entire worlds out of their own logic. Introducing a postfoundational vision not rooted in the formal principles of "nature" or "God" and not based in the idea of human exceptionalism, Bauman draws on cutting-edge insights from queer, poststructural, and deconstructive theory and makes a major contribution to the study of religion, science, politics, and ecology.

The Ecological Thought

The Ecological Thought

  • Author: Timothy Morton
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674056736
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 184
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In this passionate, lucid, and surprising book, Timothy Morton argues that all forms of life are connected in a vast, entangling mesh. This interconnectedness penetrates all dimensions of life. No being, construct, or object can exist independently from the ecological entanglement, Morton contends, nor does “Nature” exist as an entity separate from the uglier or more synthetic elements of life.

A Companion to American Art

A Companion to American Art

  • Author: John Davis,Jennifer A. Greenhill,Jason D. LaFountain
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118542495
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 680
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A Companion to American Art presents 35newly-commissioned essays by leading scholars that explore themethodology, historiography, and current state of the field ofAmerican art history. Features contributions from a balance of established andemerging scholars, art and architectural historians, and otherspecialists Includes several paired essays to emphasize dialogue and debatebetween scholars on important contemporary issues in American arthistory Examines topics such as the methodological stakes in thewriting of American art history, changing ideas about whatconstitutes “Americanness,” and the relationship of artto public culture Offers a fascinating portrait of the evolution and currentstate of the field of American art history and suggests futuredirections of scholarship

Inherited Land

Inherited Land

The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology

  • Author: Whitney A. Bauman,Richard R. Bohannon
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1630876240
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 278
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Religion and ecology has arrived. What was once a niche interest for a few academics concerned with environmental issues and a few environmentalists interested in religion has become an established academic field with classic texts, graduate programs, regular meetings at academic conferences, and growing interest from other academics and the mass media. Theologians, ethicists, sociologists, and other scholars are engaged in a broad dialogue about the ways religious studies can help understand and address environmental problems, including the sorts of methodological, terminological, and substantive debates that characterize any academic discourse. This book recognizes the field that has taken shape, reflects on the ways it is changing, and anticipates its development in the future. The essays offer analyses and reflections from emerging scholars of religion and ecology, each addressing her or his own specialty in light of two questions: (1) What have we inherited from the work that has come before us? and (2) What inquiries, concerns, and conversation partners should be central to the next generation of scholarship? The aim of this volume is not to lay out a single and clear path forward for the field. Rather, the authors critically reflect on the field from within, outline some of the major issues we face in the academy, and offer perspectives that will nurture continued dialogue.