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Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory beyond Green By Jeffrey Jerome Cohen,

  • Title: Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory beyond Green
  • Author: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780816679980
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • Emphasizing sustainability, balance, and the natural, green dominates our thinking about ecology like no other color What about the catastrophic, the disruptive, the inaccessible, and the excessive What of the ocean s turbulence, the fecundity of excrement, the solitude of an iceberg, multihued contaminations Prismatic Ecology moves beyond the accustomed green readingsEmphasizing sustainability, balance, and the natural, green dominates our thinking about ecology like no other color What about the catastrophic, the disruptive, the inaccessible, and the excessive What of the ocean s turbulence, the fecundity of excrement, the solitude of an iceberg, multihued contaminations Prismatic Ecology moves beyond the accustomed green readings of ecotheory and maps a colorful world of ecological possibility.In a series of linked essays that span place, time, and discipline, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen brings together writers who illustrate the vibrant worlds formed by colors Organized by the structure of a prism, each chapter explores the coming into existence of nonanthropocentric ecologies Red engages sites of animal violence, apocalyptic emergence, and activism Maroon follows the aurora borealis to the far North and beholds in its shimmering alternative modes of world composition Chartreuse is a meditation on postsustainability and possibility within sublime excess Grey is the color of the undead Ultraviolet is a potentially lethal force that opens vistas beyond humanly known nature.Featuring established and emerging scholars from varying disciplines, this volume presents a collaborative imagining of what a than green ecology offers While highlighting critical approaches not yet common within ecotheory, the contributions remain diverse and cover a range of topics including materiality, the inhuman, and the agency of objects By way of color, Cohen guides readers through a reflection of an essentially complex and disordered universe and demonstrates the spectrum as an unfinishable totality, always in excess of what a human perceives.Contributors Stacy Alaimo, U of Texas at Arlington Levi R Bryant, Collin College Lowell Duckert, West Virginia U Graham Harman, American U in Cairo Bernd Herzogenrath, Goethe U of Frankfurt Serenella Iovino, U of Turin, Italy Eileen A Joy Robert McRuer, George Washington U Tobias Menely, Miami U Steve Mentz, St John s U, New York City Timothy Morton, Rice U Vin Nardizzi, U of British Columbia Serpil Oppermann, Hacettepe U, Ankara Margaret Ronda, Rutgers U Will Stockton, Clemson U Allan Stoekl, Penn State U Ben Woodard Julian Yates, U of Delaware.
    Prismatic Ecology Ecotheory beyond Green Emphasizing sustainability balance and the natural green dominates our thinking about ecology like no other color What about the catastrophic the disruptive the inaccessible and the excessive Wh

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    1. This book, a critical volume of essays edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, takes as its premise the question what if our approach to ecology took other colors besides green It s an intriguing one, and Cohen s introduction poetically sets up the rest of the book for a diverse exploration of ecological thinking, distributed agency, and blending of nature culture It also includes the exquisite riff that could only be funny in academia, It s not easy being viridescent The introduction, while beautiful a [...]

    2. Cutting edge environmental theory By way of colour each chapter corresponds to a different colour , the text is a reflection of an essentially complex and disordered universe It demonstrates the spectrum as an unfinishable totality, always in excess of what a human perceives.

    3. The premise of this book is what happens when you take ecological issues premises thinking and either view them through the lens of critical theory or try to use them as a basis for a new breed of critical theory The possible audience for a book like this is very small, of course, since very few people are interested in critical theory As one of those persons myself, I must say that I found this book a little disappointing Many of the essays seem to be bridging this gap if knowledge or fill in h [...]

    4. This collection of essays is a thought provoking attempt to shift the focus of ecocriticism away from what is green, in the hopes of creating a nuanced appreciation of the ways in which authors write, and humans live, their earthly experiences Jeffrey Jerome Cohen s beautifully written introduction sets the tone of the book, pledging works that will make unexpected connections, critically examine assumptions, and catalyze a conversation about the diversity of ways of understanding the earth At [...]

    5. This is a good collection brought together by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen Monster Theory Reading Culture 1996 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Ethics and Objects 2012 Contributors were invited to respond to the idea of green ecology and ecotheory, using another color as a metaphor frame for their responses The theorists would likely not all agree about many particularities related to this broad topic, and some of their differences are evident in their pieces in this collection Perhaps the most frequently app [...]

    6. Worth reading BECAUSE many of the essays are provocative enough to make their flaws stupefying Stacy Alaimo talking about the deep seas, the difficulty of imagining total ecological alterity on this planetd then referencing TED talks and spending pages on basically the nuances of a glossy coffee table book What Menely and Ronda unpacking a spectacular ELF bombing of a slaughter house as a viable strategy of resistance then amazingly leaping to Ariana Reines THE COW only to sum up what its up to [...]

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