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Ecology without CultureAesthetics for a Toxic World$
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Christine L. Marran

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781517901585

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517901585.001.0001

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Ecology without Culture

Ecology without Culture

(p.1) Introduction Ecology without Culture
Ecology without Culture

Christine L. Marran

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter introduces my concept of the “biotrope” to navigate the broader question of why and how the material world has proven to be such an effective medium for representing culture. It then argues that ecocriticism needs to be more skeptical about cultural claims. The chapter then shows how literature, poetry, and film are at their most critical and effective when they are not made to replicate our desire for a world that appears to be made by and for specific human collectives or the anthropos.

Keywords:   Ecocriticism Japanese literature cinema Documentary film Environmental theory ecology

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