“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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Dark Side of the Thing

Greg Garrard asked me to write an essay on deconstruction and ecology for the new Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. So I did, filtering it through OOO (I can't help it!). People have found it before I did! You can find goodly chunks of it on the dreaded amazon.

I'll reiterate here what I announced at the start of the Wellek Lectures:

Until the major anthologies start including ecological criticism, I shan't be using them in my classes.

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