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A groundbreaking essay collection that pursues the rise of geoculture as an essential framework for arts criticism, The Planetary Turn shows how the planet—as a territory, a sociopolitical arena, a natural space of interaction for all earthly life, and an artistic theme—is increasingly the conceptual and political dimension in which twenty-first-century writers and artists picture themselves and their work. In an introduction that comprehensively defines the planetary model of art, culture, and cultural-aesthetic interpretation, the editors explain how the living planet is emerging as distinct from older concepts of globalization, cosmopolitanism, and environmentalism and is becoming a new ground for exciting work in contemporary literature, visual and media arts, and social humanities. Written by internationally recognized scholars, the twelve essays that follow illustrate the unfolding of a new vision of potential planetary community that retools earlier models based on the nation-state or political “blocs” and reimagines cultural, political, aesthetic, and ethical relationships for the post–Cold War era.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: The Planetary Condition
  2. Amy J. Elias, Christian Moraru
  3. pp. xi-xxxvii
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  1. Planetary Poetics: World Literature, Goethe, Novalis, and Yoko Tawada’s Translational Writing
  2. John D. Pizer
  3. pp. 3-24
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  1. Terraqueous Planet: The Case for Oceanic Studies
  2. Hester Blum
  3. pp. 25-36
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  1. The Commons . . . and Digital Planetarity
  2. Amy J. Elias
  3. pp. 37-70
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  1. The Possibility of Cyber-Placelessness: Digimodernism on a Planetary Platform
  2. Alan Kirby
  3. pp. 71-88
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  1. Archetypologies of the Human: Planetary Performatism, Cinematic Relationality, and Iñárritu’s Babel
  2. Raoul Eshelman
  3. pp. 89-106
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  1. Planetarity, Performativity, Relationality: Claire Denis’s Chocolat and Cinematic Ethics
  2. Laurie Edson
  3. pp. 107-124
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  1. Gilgamesh’s Planetary Turns
  2. Wai Chee Dimock
  3. pp. 125-142
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  1. Writing for the Planet: Contemporary Australian Fiction
  2. Paul Giles
  3. pp. 143-160
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  1. The White Globe and the Paradoxical Cartography of Berger & Berger: A Meditation on Deceptive Evidence
  2. Bertrand Westphal
  3. pp. 161-174
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  1. Comparing Contemporary Arts; or, Figuring Planetarity
  2. Terry Smith
  3. pp. 175-192
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  1. Beyond the Flaming Walls of the World: Fantasy, Alterity, and the Postnational Constellation
  2. Robert T. Tally Jr.
  3. pp. 193-210
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  1. Decompressing Culture: Three Steps toward a Geomethodology
  2. Christian Moraru
  3. pp. 211-244
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 245-268
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 269-272
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