In the Nature of Things: Language, Politics, and the Environment


Informed by recent developments in literary criticism and social theory, this book addresses the presumption that nature exists independent of culture and, in particular, of language.
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Informed by recent developments in literary criticism and social theory, this book addresses the presumption that nature exists independent of culture and, in particular, of language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816623082
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: TV Dinners and the Organic Brunch
Pt. I The Call of the Wild
Ch. 1 The Great Wild Hope: Nature, Environmentalism, and the Open Secret 3
Ch. 2 Building Wilderness 24
Ch. 3 Intimate Distance: The Dislocation of Nature in Modernity 44
Pt. II Animal and Artifice
Ch. 4 "Manning" the Frontiers: The Politics of (Human) Nature in Blade Runner 65
Ch. 5 Brave New World in the Discourses of Reproductive and Genetic Technologies 85
Ch. 6 Going Wild: The Contested Terrain of Nature 111
Pt. III Environmentalist Talk
Ch. 7 Restoring Nature: Natives and Exotics 139
Ch. 8 Green Consumerism: Ecology and the Ruse of Recycling 154
Ch. 9 Green Fields/Brown Skin: Posting as a Sign of Recognition 173
Pt. IV The Order(ing) of Nature
Ch. 10 Voices from the Whirlwind 197
Ch. 11 Ecotones and Environmental Ethics: Adorno and Lopez 226
Ch. 12 Primate Visions and Alter-Tales 250
Contributors 267
Index 271
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