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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 519.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w illus.
  • 0253013984
  • 9780253013989
  • 506,972

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"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 "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 "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 "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 "With its wide array of topics and theoretical influences, Material Ecocriticism is a helpful starting point for those wondering how new materialist thinking can inform ecocriticism; it would also serve as a pertinent addition to graduate seminars." -Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environmentshow more

About Serenella Iovino

Serenella Iovino is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Turin, Italy.Serpil Oppermann is Professor of English at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.show more

Table of contents

Foreword: Storied MatterJeffrey Jerome CohenIntroduction: Stories Come to MatterSerenella Iovino and Serpil OppermannPart I. Material Ecocriticism: Theories and Relations1. From Ecological Postmodernism to Material Ecocriticism: Creative Materiality and Narrative Agency Serpil Oppermann 2. On the Limits of Agency: Notes on the Material Turn from a Systems-Theoretical Perspective Hannes Bergthaller3. Creative Matter and Creative Mind: Cultural Ecology and Literary Creativity Hubert Zapf4. Natural Play, Natural Metaphor and Natural Stories: Biosemiotic RealismWendy Wheeler5. The Ecology of Color: Goethe's Materialist Optics and Ecological Posthumanism Heather Sullivan Part II. Narratives of Matter6. Bodies of Naples: Stories, Matter, and the Landscapes of Porosity Serenella Iovino7. When It Rains Lowell Duckert 8. Painful Material Realities, Avoidance, EcophobiaSimon C. Estok9. Semiotization of Matter: A Hybrid Zone between Biosemiotics and Material Ecocriticism Timo Maran Part III. Politics of Matter10. Pro/Polis: Three Forays into the Political Lives of BeesCatriona Sandilands11. Excremental Ecocriticism and the Global Sanitation Crisis Dana Phillips12. Oceanic Origins, Plastic Activism, and New Materialism at SeaStacy Alaimo13. Meditations on Natural Worlds, Disabled Bodies, and a Politics of Cure Eli ClarePart IV. Poetics of Matter14. Corporeal Fieldwork and Risky Art: Peter Goin and the Making of Nuclear Landscapes Cheryll Glotfelty15. Of Material Sympathies, Paracelsus, and WhitmanJane Bennett16. Source of Life: Avatar, Amazonia, and an Ecology of Selves Joni Adamson 17. The Liminal Space between Things: Epiphany and the Physical Timothy Morton Coda: Open ClosureA Diptych onshow more

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