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Tariq Sheikh deposited This Side of the Long Tunnel: The Emergence of the Idea of Japan’s ‘Snow Country’ in the Nineteenth Century in the group TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities on MLA Commons 2 weeks ago
In Nobel laureate Kawabata Yasunari’s novel Snow Country, the protagonist Shimamura refers to an “old book” which gave him in-depth knowledge about the region known in Japan as the “Snow Country”. The name of the book is not disclosed by Kawabata, but it is now known that the “old book” is Hokuetsu Seppu (first published in 1837), written by Su…[Read more]
Introduction to a special issue on Renaissance post-humanism and its afterlives.
“Stuff leaks through such that the real manifests not just as gaps and inconsistencies in reality.” Tim Morton, Humankind
In an increasingly compartmentalized, consolidated time, leaking incidents keep surfacing from the backdrop of our human reality designed for smooth functioning and come to shape our age. From the leakings of early steam boi…[Read more]
Shakespeare scholarship has long been interested in the temporal dynamics of The Winter’s Tale, and has often turned to melancholic or traumatic time frames to explain the thematic persistence of lost time in Shakespeare’s romance. In this chapter, I argue that dance provides a key interpretive framework for understanding the play’s interest in bo…[Read more]
Steven Swarbrick deposited The Life Aquatic: Liquid Poetics and the Discourse of Friendship inThe Faerie Queene in the group TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities on MLA Commons 8 months, 3 weeks ago
From Michel de Montaigne’s essay “Of Friendship” to Jacques Derrida’s rearticulation of the former in The Politics of Friendship, scholars both early modern and modern have sought ways to address the fluid co-mixture of bodies from which the discourse of friendship can and does emerge. More recently still, new materialist thinkers of ontolog…[Read more]
A reading of Shakespeare and Deleuze on the subject of Anthropocene air. Keywords: endurance, climate change, fossil capitalism, carbon ghosts, Hamlet.
This essay examines how the rhetoric of animalization in Shakespeare’s Othello compels us to think early modern categories of race in connection with early modern discourses of “human” versus “animal.” Beginning with Shakespeare’s representation of Iago, I suggest that it is the potential for sameness conditioned by Iago’s counterfactua…[Read more]
Traditionally read as a poem about laboring subjects who gain power through abstract and abstracting forms of bodily discipline, John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667, 1674) more compellingly foregrounds the erotics of the Garden as a space where humans and nonhumans intra-act materially and sexually. Following Christopher Hill, who long ago pointed t…[Read more]
Turning to Walter Ralegh’s Discoverie of Guiana (1596) and The History of the World (1614), I reframe such biopolitical factors as Ralegh’s “dissability” around a concept that has less to do with human world-making and more to do with the “states of exception” (Giorgio Agamben) under which inhuman agencies come to matter for world history (of…[Read more]
Though the verbal icon has a long and robust multisensory history extending beyond Milton, my goal here is to challenge ableist readings of Milton’s poetry by linking his poetic ekphrasis to the politics and aesthetics of disability.
This essay offers a critique of the vitalist turn in queer and ecological theory, here represented by the work of Karen Barad. Whereas Barad advances an image of life geared towards meaningful connection with others, human and nonhuman, Deleuze advances an a-signifying ontology of self-dismissal. The point of this essay isn’t to separate their t…[Read more]
Anita Harris Satkunananthan deposited Monsters at the End of Time: Alternate Hierarchies and Ecological Disasters in Alaya Dawn Johnson’s Spirit Binders Novels in the group TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities on MLA Commons 11 months, 1 week ago
This paper interrogates the connection between entities that hover in the liminal state between life and death (such as vampires and spirits) and the manner in which these entities relate to Alaya Dawn Johnson’s conjurings of alternate political structures and hierarchies in her Spirit Binders series. Johnson’s alternate hierarchies are com…[Read more]
Anita Harris Satkunananthan started the topic CFP: Interrogating Folklore and the Literary Fairy-tale in the Anthropocene in the discussion TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities on MLA Commons 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Apologies, a repost because the formatting was messed up on my previous post!
My co-editors and I will be submitting a book proposal on the topic above to a university press. Please do consider contributing a chapter!
Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2020
Full name / name of organization: Dr. Anita Harris Satkunananthan,…[Read more]
Juliane Braun deposited Bioprospecting Breadfruit: Imperial Botany, Transoceanic Relations, and the Politics of Translation in the group TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities on MLA Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
This article traces the breadfruit tree’s strange career as an eighteenth-century superfood, its journey from the Pacific world to the Caribbean islands, and the rhetorical practices, epistemological slippages, and linguistic permutations that undergirded these developments. Comparing indigenous, Spanish, English, Dutch, French, and US-American d…[Read more]
Katrina Dunn started the topic Reimagining Theatre Education in the Era of Climate Crisis in the discussion TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities on MLA Commons 1 year, 3 months ago
Please consider contributing to the proposed volume and pass the information to interested colleagues.
What might we teach Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg if she were to choose post-secondary education in theatre? As she says, she has no reason to fear speaking the truth: what approach to acting and theatre-making might we take with…[Read more]
Pamela Phillips started the topic CFP — Edited Collection The Enlightened Nightscape 1700-1830 in the discussion TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities via email on MLA Commons 1 year, 3 months ago
Please consider contributing to the proposed volume* The Enlightened
Nightscape 1700-1830* and feel free to pass this information to interested
Call for Proposals
*The Enlightened Nightscape 1700-1830*
Pamela Phillips, Ph.D.
Department of Hispanic Studies
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
Paper for Session 10-L, Oecologies II: Terraqueous Transformations: Land, Water and Power in Early/Modern Contexts.
Introduction to America After Nature: Democracy, Culture, Environment
Creative non-fiction/semi-academic reflective piece on seeing Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night for the first time in person at the Museum of Modern Arts.
Nayan Kulkarni’s Blade, Lucy and Jorge Orta’s Raft of the Medusa, and Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen’s Quicksand were exhibited in Hull during its year as the 2017 UK City of Culture. These artworks provide the impetus for an article that moves between the local, national, and global, in order to connect visual culture, climate politics, and quest…[Read more]
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