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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 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 more-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 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 Opperman, Hacettepe U, Ankara- Margaret Ronda, Rutgers U- Will Stockton, Clemson U- Allan Stoekl, Penn State U- Ben Woodard- Julian Yates, U of Delaware.

About Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is professor of English and director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute at George Washington University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including "Medieval Identity Machines"- "Of Giants: Sex, Monsters, and the Middle Ages"- and "Monster Theory: Reading Culture," all from Minnesota.

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Author : Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
Publisher : University of Minnesota Press
Data Published : 01 December 2013
ISBN : 0816679983
EAN : 9780816679980
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 384 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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