In this Book

University of Minnesota Press
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Informed by recent developments in literary criticism and social theory, In the Nature of Things addresses the presumption that nature exists independent of culture and, in particular, of language. The theoretical approaches of the contributors represent both modernist and postmodernist positions, including feminist theory, critical theory, Marxism, science fiction, theology, and botany. They demonstrate how the concept of nature is invoked and constituted in a wide range of cultural projects—from the Bible to science fiction movies, from hunting to green consumerism. Ultimately, it weeks to link the work of theorists concerned with nature and the environment to nontheorists who share similar concerns. Contributors include R. McGreggor Cawley, Romand Coles, William E. Connolly, Jan E. Dizard, Valerie Hartouni, Cheri Lucas Jennings, Bruce H. Jennings, Timothy W. Luke, Shane Phelan, John Rodman, Michael J. Shapiro, and Wade Sikorski.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: TV Dinners and the Organic Brunch
  2. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. Part I: The Call of the Wild
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. The Great Wild Hope: Nature, Environmentalism, and the Open Secret
  2. William Chaloupka, R. McGreggor Cawley
  3. pp. 3-23
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  1. 2. Building Wilderness
  2. Wade Sikorski
  3. pp. 24-43
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  1. 3. Intimate Distance: The Dislocation of Nature in Modernity
  2. Shane Phelan
  3. pp. 44-62
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  1. Part II: Animal and Artifice
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. 4. "Manning" the Frontiers: The Politics of (Human) Nature in Blade Runner
  2. Michael J. Shapiro
  3. pp. 65-84
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  1. 5. Brave New World in the Discourses of Reproductive and Genetic Technologies
  2. Valerie Hartouni
  3. pp. 85-110
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  1. 6. Going Wild: The Contested Terrain of Nature
  2. Jan E. Dizard
  3. pp. 111-136
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  1. Part III: Environmentalist Talk
  2. pp. 137-138
  1. 7. Restoring Nature: Natives and Exotics
  2. John Rodman
  3. pp. 139-153
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  1. 8. Green Consumerism: Ecology and the Ruse of Recycling
  2. Timothy W. Luke
  3. pp. 154-172
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  1. 9. Green Fields/Brown Skin: Posting as a Sign of Recognition
  2. Cheri Lucas Jennings, Bruce H. Jennings
  3. pp. 173-194
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  1. Part IV: The Order(ing) of Nature
  2. pp. 195-196
  1. 10. Voices from the Whirlwind
  2. William E. Connolly
  3. pp. 197-225
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  1. 11. Ecotones and Environmental Ethics: Adorno and Lopez
  2. Romand Coles
  3. pp. 226-249
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  1. 12. Primate Visions and Alter-Tales
  2. Jane Bennett
  3. pp. 250-266
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-275
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