Science Fiction and Transformative Environmentalism
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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C o n t e n t s
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...chapter two Ecotopia, Ecodystopia, and the Visions of Deep Ecology 45...
A c k n o w l e d g m e n t s
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I would like to thank everyone who helped me bring Green Speculations to fruition. This book went from idea to first draft under the enthusiastic guidance of Andy Gordon, and I received valuable input from Sid Dobrin, Bron Taylor, and Phil Wegner. As I revised the manuscript further, I was fortunate to get astute feedback from Keira Hambrick, Patrick Murphy, ...
I n t r o d u c t i o n
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...r e e n Sp e c u l at i o n S attends to the intersections between trans-formative environmentalism and science fiction literature. Trans-that have emerged since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring initiated modern environmentalism in 1962. These movements offer theories about the ideological origins of and solutions to environmental degradation. They ...
The Subversive Subject of Ecology
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...n v i r o n m e n ta l p h i l o s o p h e r Val Plumwood succinctly argues, “To the extent that we hyper-separate ourselves from nature and reduce it conceptually in order to justify domination, we not only lose the ability to empathise and to see the non-human sphere in ethical terms, but also get a false sense of our own character and location that includes ...
Ecotopia, Ecodystopia, andthe Visions of Deep Ecology
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...h e u t o p i a n s o c i e t i e s imagined in Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia (1975) and Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) res-onate with the transformative environmentalist perspective called deep ecology, which identifies anthropocentric instrumental rationality as the driver of dominant, anti-ecological socioeconomic and cultural ways ...
Ecofeminist Theories of Liberation
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...n t h i s c h a p t e r I move from deep ecology to ecofeminism, a trans-formative environmentalist philosophy that likewise emerged within the post-Carson atmosphere of the 1970s, matured in the 1980s, and continues to thrive today. As philosopher Karen J. Warren argues, male-centered thinking follows a “logic of domination” that promotes the ...
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...s t h e p r e v i o u s chapters have shown, environmental science fic- tion recurrently criticizes capitalist economic productivism and/or the ideological positions that enable this productivism. Olaf Sta-pledon’s Last and First Men comments on the economic exploitation of nonhuman nature. George R. Stewart’s Earth Abides contains a critique of ...
Aft e r w o r d
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...r e e n Sp e c u l at i o n S has addressed key works of environmen - tal science fiction ranging from Olaf Stapledon’s 1931 Last and Below. I want to end this book with a brief look at one of the most recently published works of environmental science fiction, not to activate a new line of inquiry, but instead to look forward to the future of environmental ...
N o t e s
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...1. For this definition of nonfiction environmental writing I am drawing from Mur-phy’s Farther Afield in the Study of Nature-Oriented Literature (11).2. See Shklovsky, “Art as Technique.” Spiegel provides a concise discussion of Shk-3. Osborn observes, “the impulse to dominate as well as to destroy . . . is proving continuously disastrous not only in the political and social sense but in the physical ...
B i b l i o g r a p h y
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Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness. New York: Ballantine, Alaimo, Stacy. Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space. Ithaca: Armbruster, Karla. “‘Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight’: A Call for Boundary-Crossing in Ecofeminist Literary Criticism.” Ecofeminist Literary Criticism: Theory, Interpretation, Pedagogy. Ed. Greta Gaard and Patrick D. Murphy. Urbana: Univer-...
I n d e x
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Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2012