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Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Abstract

Stone maps the force, vivacity, and stories within our most mundane matter, stone. For too long stone has served as an unexamined metaphor for the “really real”: blunt factuality, nature’s curt rebuke. Yet medieval writers knew that stones drop with fire from the sky, emerge through the subterranean lovemaking of the elements, tumble along riverbeds from Eden, partner with the masons who build worlds with them. Such motion suggests an ecological intertwining and an almost creaturely mineral life. Although geological time can leave us reeling, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen argues that stone’s endurance ... More

Keywords: Ecology, critical theory, object oriented philosophy, medieval studies, Stonehenge, environmental studies, ecotheory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816692576
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.001.0001

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Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, author

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