Ecocriticism on the Edge: The Anthropocene as a Threshold Concept

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 24 set 2015 - 208 pagine
The twenty-first century has seen an increased awareness of the forms of environmental destruction that cannot immediately be seen, localised or, by some, even acknowledged.

Ecocriticism on the Edge explores the possibility of a new mode of critical practice, one fully engaged with the destructive force of the planetary environmental crisis. Timothy Clark argues that, in literary and cultural criticism, the “Anthropocene”, which names the epoch in which human impacts on the planet's ecological systems reach a dangerous limit, also represents a threshold at which modes of interpretation that once seemed sufficient or progressive become, in this new counterintuitive context, inadequate or even latently destructive. The book includes analyses of literary works, including texts by Paule Marshall, Gary Snyder, Ben Okri, Henry Lawson, Lorrie Moore and Raymond Carver.
 

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This book examines the implications of the Anthropocene not only for ecocriticism, but for literary criticism in general. Starting from the premise that the Anthropocene is a threshold event that ... Leggi recensione completa

Sommario

CHAPTER ONE The Anthropocene questions of definition
1
The terrestrial as norm
29
Rereading a lyric by Gary Snyder
47
CHAPTER FOUR Scale framing
71
A reading
97
An Australian test case
115
CHAPTER SEVEN Anthropocene disorder
139
A reading
159
CHAPTER NINE The tragedy that climate change is not interesting
175
Conclusion
195
Bibliography
199
Index
211
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Informazioni sull'autore (2015)

Timothy Clark is Professor of English at the University of Durham, UK. His previous publications include The Poetics of Singularity (2005) and The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment (2010).

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