Postmodern Wetlands

Postmodern Wetlands : Culture, History, Ecology

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Swamps and marshes have traditionally been regarded as places of horror and ill health in western culture - places to be feared, drained and filled. In this wide-ranging study, Rod Giblett examines the swamp from a cross-disciplinary standpoint. Using material from fiction, films and popular culture and drawing on literature, cultural studies, philosophy, social theory, critical geography and medical history, he criticises the urge to drain swamps ('the project of modernity') as masculinist and imperialist.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 138.2 x 215.6 x 17.8mm | 362.88g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps, plan
  • 0748608443
  • 9780748608447
  • 2,170,449

Table of contents

Part 1 Aesthetics and the wetlandscape: introduction - where land and water meet; philosophy (and sociology) in the wetlands - the s(ub)lime and the uncanny. Part 2 Cities and swamps: a modern city and swamp sett(l)ing; the world/womb as wetland, the modern city as cultural symptom and the postmodern city as swamp. Part 3 Bogs and bodies: swamp sickness - marsh miasma and bodily effluvia; the nether regions - sexuality. gendered bodies and Mother Earth. Part 4 Minds and marshes: the melancholic marshes and the Slough of Despond; the psycho(eco)logy of swamps; marsh monsters and swamp serpents - horror of horrors, Part 5 Politics and wetlands; rebels and runaways - the wetland as refuge and site of resistance; conclusion - writing a word for wet wilderness.show more

About Rodney Giblett

ROD GIBLETT is lecturer in cultural studies in the School of Communication and Cultural Studies, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.show more

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