Imagining Extinction

Imagining Extinction

Author: Ursula K. Heise

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226358161

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

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As the extinction of species accelerates and more species become endangered, activists, filmmakers, writers, and artists have responded to bring this global crisis to the attention of the public. Until now, there has been no study of the frameworks that shape these narratives and images, or of the symbolic meanings that the death of species carries in different cultural communities. Ursula Heise makes the case that understanding how and why endangered species come to matter culturally is indispensable for any effective advocacy on their behalf. Heise begins by showing that the tools of conservation science and law need to be viewed as cultural artifacts: biodiversity databases and laws for the protection of threatened species use rhetorical and cultural resources that open up different approaches to the problem of understanding global wildlife. The second half of her book explores ways of envisioning alternative futures for biodiversity. The narrative of nature s decline or even imminent disappearance has been a successful rallying trope for those skeptical of modernization and ideologies of progress. But environmentalists nostalgia for the past and pessimistic outlook on the future have also alienated parts of the public. Heise tells the story of environmental activists, writers, and scientists who are creating new stories to guide the environmental imagination."
Imagining Extinction
Language: en
Pages: 299
Authors: Ursula K. Heise
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-08-10 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

As the extinction of species accelerates and more species become endangered, activists, filmmakers, writers, and artists have responded to bring this global crisis to the attention of the public. Until now, there has been no study of the frameworks that shape these narratives and images, or of the symbolic meanings
Ecocollapse Fiction and Cultures of Human Extinction
Language: en
Pages: 168
Authors: Sarah E. McFarland
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-01-28 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

This work analyzes 21st-century realistic speculations of human extinction: fictions that imagine future worlds without interventions of as-yet uninvented technology, interplanetary travel, or other science fiction elements that provide hope for rescue or long-term survival. Climate change fiction as a genre of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic writing usually resists facing the
Extinction and the Human
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Timothy Sweet
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-10-08 - Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

In Extinction and the Human Timothy Sweet ponders the realities of animal extinction and endangerment and the often divergent Native American and Euro-American narratives that surround them, focusing especially on the force of human impact on megafauna—mammoths, whales, and the North American bison.
Sister Death
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Beatrice Marovich
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2023-02-07 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

Life and death are commonly seen as representing the starkest of binaries: Death is the ultimate adversary of all that lives. Beatrice Marovich argues that such understandings of mortality have been deeply influenced by a strain of Christian political theology that has left its mark on both religious and secular
Towards an Ecocritical Theatre
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Mohebat Ahmadi
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-04-28 - Publisher: Routledge

Towards an Ecocritical Theatre investigates contemporary theatre through the lens of Anthropocene-oriented ecocriticism. It assesses how Anthropocene thinking engages different modes of theatrical representation, as well as how the theatrical apparatus can rise to the representational challenges of changing interactions between humans and the nonhuman world. To explore these problems,