Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics / Edition 1

Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics / Edition 1

by Timothy Morton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674024346

ISBN-13: 9780674024342

Pub. Date: 03/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

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.

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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."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024342
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Toward a Theory of Ecological Criticism     1
The Art of Environmental Language: "I Can't Believe It Isn't Nature!"     29
Romanticism and the Environmental Subject     79
Imagining Ecology without Nature     140
Notes     207
Index     239

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