“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Eco-Tims

Timothy Clark just sent me his very good-looking new book, The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment. In an appended note he wonders why there are many Tims in ecological criticism: Tim Ingold, Tim Luke, Tim Flannery...

The beauty of this book, I can already see after about five minutes with it, it that it's a textbook written by a super-smart scholar, so you get the best of both worlds. It's a terrific survey of its field and a trenchant analysis in its own right.

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