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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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Literature without Us

Literature without Us

(p.117) Chapter 4 Literature without Us
Ecology without Culture

Christine L. Marran

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Five returns to the question of cultural identity and cultural humanism as a problem for ecocriticism and ecopolitics. In addressing the scale of the planetary, this chapter shows that ecopolitics at the planetary scale is both useful and problematic in critiquing cultural essentialism and cultural humanism. Taking up Timothy Clark’s concept of the “hypothetical scale,” I suggest different modes of reading ecocritical works, and show how ethnic nationalist and cultural humanist approaches to literature in area studies can interrupt ecopolitical thinking.

Keywords:   Ecocriticism Japanese literature cinema Documentary film Environmental theory ecology

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