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Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics

Category: Book
By (author): Morton, Timothy
Subject:  LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  NATURE / Ecology
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: September 2009
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 249
Size: 9.00in x 6.10in x 0.25in
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InEcology 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 Natureinvestigates 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, fromThe Lord of the Ringsto electronic life forms,Ecology without Naturewidens 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."

Biographical NoteTimothy Mortonis Professor of Literature and Environment, ... He is author ofThe Poetics of SpiceandShelley and the Revolution in Taste, and editor ofThe Cambridge Companion to ShelleyandCultures of Taste/Theories of Appetite.