Bodily Natures

Bodily Natures : Science, Environment, and the Material Self

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How do we understand the agency and significance of material forces and their interface with human bodies? What does it mean to be human in these times, with bodies that are inextricably interconnected with our physical world? Bodily Natures considers these questions by grappling with powerful and pervasive material forces and their increasingly harmful effects on the human body. Drawing on feminist theory, environmental studies, and the sciences, Stacy Alaimo focuses on trans-corporeality, or movement across bodies and nature, which has profoundly altered our sense of self. By looking at a broad range of creative and philosophical writings, Alaimo illuminates how science, politics, and culture collide, while considering the closeness of the human body to the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 16mm | 322.05g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 6 b&w illus.
  • 0253222400
  • 9780253222404
  • 291,920

Review quote

"This is a book that should be read by anyone-scholars, students, readers, and anyone else with a body-for it is a marvelous contribution to environmental thinking and to human culture more broadly." -American Book Review, December 1, 2010 "Bodily Natures showcases the distinctive contribution that an ecocritic can make to the field." -Enviromental Ethics "Alaimo offers new insights into feminist thought and theory. Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self is sure to appeal to many students and scholars of literary studies and critical theory." -New Books in Critical Theory "Alaimo does a fabulous job of thinking through how a trans-corporeal understanding of matter provides a more robust and more adequate basis for appreciating issues of environmental health and environmental justice." -Nancy Tuana, Pennsylvania State University "This impressively researched and vigorously argued study will be of the first importance to all environmental humanists, especially for its deeply-informed and subtle account of the 'trans-corporeality' of the human self." -Lawrence Buell, Harvard Universityshow more

About Stacy Alaimo

Stacy Alaimo is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is author of Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space and editor (with Susan Hekman) of Material Feminisms (IUP, 2008).show more

Table of contents

1. Bodily Natures2. Eros and X-Rays: Bodies, Class, and "Environmental Justice" 3. Invisible Matters: The Sciences of Environmental Justice4. Material Memoirs: Science, Autobiography, and the Substantial Self5. Deviant Agents: The Science, Culture, and Politics of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity6. Genetics, Material Agency, and the Evolution of Posthuman Environmental Ethics in Recent Science FictionNotesWorks CitedIndexshow more

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