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Post-Pastoral And The Nonmodern: Jean Giono’S Engagement With Nature, Gina Stamm Dec 2018

Post-Pastoral And The Nonmodern: Jean Giono’S Engagement With Nature, Gina Stamm

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Dismissal of the pastoral as naïve and hostile to progress echoes the critiques which Bruno Latour, in We Have Never Been Modern, makes of what he calls the “antimodern” sensibility. Rather than advocating for an abandonment of the past, however, Latour puts forth a position he calls “nonmodern,” one that allows for recognition of the value of the past and of the natural without idolizing it, that does not demand the forward motion of the modern impulse. While eschewing the “modern” label, he seeks a way to resolve contemporary dichotomies of man vs. nature, human vs. technological, etc., which find ...


Special Focus Introduction: Conceptualizing An Engaged Pastoral In Contemporary French And Francophone Literature, Melinda A. Cro, Rachel Paparone Dec 2018

Special Focus Introduction: Conceptualizing An Engaged Pastoral In Contemporary French And Francophone Literature, Melinda A. Cro, Rachel Paparone

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This special focus section seeks to examine and problematize contemporary pastoral works from the perspective of engagement. Despite assertions that the pastoral tends towards reductionism, the mode actually serves as a productive space wherein to examine issues like global warming, resource exploitation, and pollution. Through a range of texts and artistic projects, the authors of this section explore the nexus of engagement in contemporary pastoral production particularly with regard to the relationship between the human and the non-human.


Kaschnitz, Enzensberger, And Sandig: The Ecopoetics Of Water Pollution, Charlotte Melin Jan 2016

Kaschnitz, Enzensberger, And Sandig: The Ecopoetics Of Water Pollution, Charlotte Melin

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This ecocritical reading of Marie Luise Kaschnitz’s poetic cycle “Rückkehr nach Frankfurt” ‘Return to Frankfurt’ (1945/46), Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s epic poem Der Untergang der TitanicThe Sinking of the Titanic’ (1978), and a 21st-century poem by Ulrike Almut Sandig analyzes key shifts in poetic representations of water pollution. The essay explores underlying cultural and political attitudes about water that define literary depictions of its pollution. It argues that these texts register a conceptual turn away from aesthetic appreciation of water in terms of its culturally rich, purifying properties and toward scientific understanding that emphasizes the ...


Testimonial Ecology In Gioconda Belli’S El País De Las Mujeres, Joel Postema Jan 2015

Testimonial Ecology In Gioconda Belli’S El País De Las Mujeres, Joel Postema

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This article provides an analysis of the intersection between testimonial literature, ecological commentary, and feminist ideology as presented in Gioconda Belli’s 2010 novel El país de las mujeres.


Louise Westling. The Logos Of The Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, And Language. New York: Fordham Up, 2014. Xiv + 187 Pp., Vera Coleman Jan 2015

Louise Westling. The Logos Of The Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, And Language. New York: Fordham Up, 2014. Xiv + 187 Pp., Vera Coleman

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Louise Westling. The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language. New York: Fordham UP, 2014. xiv + 187 pp.