Material Ecocriticism offers new ways to analyze language and reality, human and nonhuman life, mind and matter, without falling into well-worn paths of thinking. Bringing ecocriticism closer to the material turn, the contributions to this landmark volume focus on material forces and substances, the agency of things, processes, narratives and stories, and making meaning out of the world. This broad-ranging reflection on contemporary human experience and expression provokes new understandings of the planet to which we are intimately connected.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"This book is not an extension of spirituality to the boring domain of materiality, and it is not the opposite either, the humbling appeal to material infrastructure in order to dampen the dreams of scholars, priests, ecologists, and militants for a more uplifting world of meanings and beauties. It is the exploration of how many dimensions-many indeed spiritual-have been lost in not taking materiality seriously enough. A move that meets scientists half way to help them profit from their science so as to explore in common what geophysicitsis now call 'critical zones.' Critical zones indeed!" -Bruno Latour, Universite Sciences Po Paris
"References and engages with the major works and writers on the new materialism with its focus on material entanglements and material agency.... The quality of the essays ensures that this will be a useful volume for both undergraduate and graduate courses." -Anne Elvey, Monash University
"An extremely valuable resource for anyone seeking an advanced introduction to the conversations and controversies animating the new `material' turn in ecocriticism." -Lawrence Buell, Harvard University
"The contributions to this collection are consistently well-written, balancing technical language, poetic vividness, and accessibility. Of interest to literary scholars and readers throughout the environmental humanities and theoretical sciences." -Scott Slovic, Idaho State University
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