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By Louise Economides

This ebook strains the cultured of ask yourself from the romantic interval via modern philosophy and literature, arguing for its relevance to ecological attention. such a lot ecocritical scholarship has a tendency to overshadow discussions of ask yourself with the elegant, failing to regard those aesthetic different types as targeted. consequently, modern scholarship has conflated ask yourself and the elegant and finally misplaced the nuances that those ideas conjure for readers and thinkers. Economides illuminates very important transformations among those aesthetics, fairly their negotiation of concerns suitable to gender-based and environmental politics. In flip, readers can make the most of the concept that of ask yourself as an open-ended, non-violent framework not like the ethos of domination that regularly surrounds the sublime.

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Both shells are associated with water’s changeable, sublimely powerful properties, the sea’s forgotten force in the sonnet and a flood’s apocryphal might in Book Five. As an acoustical gathering of “many gods” with “voices more than all the winds,” the Arab’s shell channels not only polyphonic human poetry, but also nature’s protean speech in ways analogous to Triton’s horn’s mythological sounding of the sea’s many elements. In the sonnet, Triton’s horn restores an ominous voice to “howling” winds silenced by human technological arrogance (a belief that such forces may be “upgathered … like sleeping flowers” 7) and the Arabian shell’s passionate ode foretells “Destruction to the children of the earth/By deluge now at hand” (V: 96–97).

In the second part of Chap. 4, I explore melancholy as an affective correlative of environmental sublimity and consider the political ramifications of elegiac responses to large-scale, human-caused ecological damage. I focus on the Great Pacific Garbage Gyre as an enormous repository of (primarily) plastic waste that signifies the historically unprecedented reach of global pollution and inspires melancholy meditations on the “end” of nature as a site of radical difference within late capitalist society.

Notably of and through sexual difference. This other, male or female, should surprise us again and again, appear to us as new, very different from what we knew or what we thought he or she should be… INTRODUCTION: WONDER, ECOCRITICISM, AND ROMANTICISM’S FORGOTTEN WAY 25 Wonder goes beyond that which is or is not suitable for us. The other never suits us simply… An excess resists: the other’s existence and becoming as a place that permits union and/through resistance to assimilation or reduction to sameness.

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