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ExposedEnvironmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times$
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Stacy Alaimo

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816621958

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816621958.001.0001

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Oceanic Origins, Plastic Activism, and New Materialism at Sea

Oceanic Origins, Plastic Activism, and New Materialism at Sea

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Stacy Alaimo

University of Minnesota Press

The fifth chapter analyzes the poetry of Linda Hogan, the science writing of Rachel Carson, Neil Shubin and others, and the scholarship of Stefan Helmreich, Mark McMenanmin and Dianna McMenamin with the texts and films of plastic pollution activists and artists. This chapter considers the cultural work of narratives and figurations that connect human bodies to the sea. Even though the long evolutionary arc that ties humans to their aquatic ancestors may evoke modes of kinship with the seas, formulations that end with the human as a finished product of that process conclude too soon. A more potent marine trans-corporeality would submerge the human within global networks of consumption, waste, and pollution, capturing the strange agencies of the ordinary stuff of our lives.

Keywords:   Environmentalism, Ocean, Nonhumanism, Cultural Studies, Posthumanism, Narratives, Cultural criticism, Literary criticism, Scientific criticism

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