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Postcolonial and colonial studies

Sociology

2014

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The Canon Of East Asian Ecocriticism And The Duplicity Of Culture, Hannes Bergthaller Dec 2014

The Canon Of East Asian Ecocriticism And The Duplicity Of Culture, Hannes Bergthaller

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In his article "The Canon of East Asian Ecocriticism and the Duplicity of Culture" Hannes Bergthaller begins with the premise that ecocritical scholarship often locates the roots of environmental crisis in Western modernity and that it looks towards pre-modern or non-European traditions for a remedy. Bergthaller argues that such forms of cultural critique tend to reiterate a quintessentially modern gesture. Following Niklas Luhmann's account of culture, Bergthaller examines how these reiterations functions as a semantic mechanism for coping with the contingency of social forms. To describe a social practice as cultural, Bergthaller contends, is to valorize it as a ...