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Author Morton, Timothy, 1968-

Title Ecology without nature : rethinking environmental aesthetics / Timothy Morton
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007


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Description viii, 249 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Introduction : toward a theory of ecological criticism -- 1. The art of environmental language : "I can't believe it isn't nature!" -- 2. Romanticism and the environmental subject -- 3. Imagining ecology without nature
Summary "In Ecology without Nature, Timothy Morton argues that the chief stumbling block to environmental thinking is the image of nature that most writers on the topic promote: they propose a new worldview, but their very zeal to preserve the natural world leads them away from the "nature" they revere. The paradox is a symptom of a far deeper dilemma - of accepting the idea of "ecology without nature." That is, to have a properly ecological view, we must relinquish, once and for all, the idea of nature." "Developing a vocabulary for reading "environmetality" in both content and form. Morton shows that representations of nature inevitably become metaphysical. Ranging widely in eighteenth- through twentieth-century literature, philosophy, culture, and the arts. Morton explores the value of art in imagining environmental conditions for the future. In short, the idea of nature has served much the same function in the modern period as the aesthetic has - that of healing what society has damaged; but as a result, unrealistic expectations have developed."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [207]-237) and index
Subject Environmental literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
English literature -- History and criticism.
American literature -- History and criticism.
Ecology in literature.
Environmentalism -- Philosophy.
Nature in literature.
Philosophy in literature.
LC no. 2006051110
ISBN 0674024346 alkaline paper
9780674024342 alkaline paper