Science Fiction and Transformative Environmentalism
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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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. ...
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Green Speculations attends to the intersections between transformative environmentalism and science fiction literature. Transformative environmentalism comprises a number of movements that have emerged since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring initiated modern environmentalism in 1962. ...
1. The Subversive Subject of Ecology
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Environmental philosopher 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, ...
2. Ecotopia, Ecodystopia, and the Visions of Deep Ecology
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The utopian societies imagined in Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia (1975) and Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) resonate with the transformative environmentalist perspective called deep ecology, which identifies anthropocentric instrumental rationality as the driver of dominant, anti-ecological socioeconomic and cultural ways of thinking and being.1 ..
3. Ecofeminist Theories of Liberation
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In this chapter I move from deep ecology to ecofeminism, a transformative 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, malecentered thinking follows a “logic of domination” ...
4. Ecosocialist Critique
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As the previous chapters have shown, environmental science fiction recurrently criticizes capitalist economic productivism and/or the ideological positions that enable this productivism. Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men comments on the economic exploitation of nonhuman nature. ...
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Green Speculations has addressed key works of environmental science fiction ranging from Olaf Stapledon’s 1931 Last and First Men through Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2005 Fifty Degrees Below. I want to end this book with a brief look at one of the most recently published works of environmental science fiction, ...
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Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2012