A space for discussion, collaboration, and resource sharing for studies of the ecological and environmental humanities.
Lisa L. Tyler started the topic What Texts Would You Recommend on Modernism and Ecocriticism? in the discussion Environmental Humanities on Humanities Commons 1 month ago
I’m working on a review essay on Hemingway and ecocricitism. Could anyone in this group recommend two or three texts I should read on ecocriticism and modernism, especially American modernism?
In the summer of 1704, Antonio Vallisneri (1661–1730), the preeminent Italian physician and natural philosopher of his time, traveled with a “daring soul” and “trembling feet” across the “silent horrors” of the northern Apennines: down the hills south of Reggio Emilia to northern Tuscany and the western edge of his native land, the Province of G…[Read more]
Francesco Luzzini deposited An uncomfortable, yet wonderful journey. Antonio Vallisneri and his exploration of the Northern Apennines in the group Environmental Humanities on Humanities Commons 4 months, 2 weeks ago
in: Nel nome di Lazzaro. Saggi di storia della scienza e delle istituzioni scientifiche tra il XVII e il XVIII secolo, edited by Centro Studi Lazzaro Spallanzani, Bologna, Edizioni Pendragon, 2014, pp. 207-220.
Scholarship on the Pearl-poem has seen a significant jump in recent years, due largely to the influx of eco-critical readings throughout Medieval studies. Gillian Rudd’s recent book Greenery: Ecocritical Readings of Late Medieval English Literature explores a new and exciting reading of the poem’s natural environment, claiming that the rose met…[Read more]
Jonathan L. Clark deposited Ecological Biopower, Environmental Violence Against Animals, and the “Greening” of the Factory Farm in the group Environmental Humanities on Humanities Commons 6 months, 1 week ago
The promulgation of pollution control regulations governing factory farms has led to a striking new way of representing and intervening in the bodies of farmed animals: the body is being represented as a source of pollution, and various technological interventions, from genetic engineering to dietary changes, are being deployed to reduce pollution…[Read more]
This article examines Farm Sanctuary’s failed effort to save the Enviropigs. In the Spring of 2012, after losing the main source of funding for its Enviropig project, the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, killed the last sixteen members of this line of transgenic pigs, despite Farm Sanctuary’s offer to place them in permanent homes. The…[Read more]
Roadkill is disgusting. Many people just want it removed from the roads as quickly as possible, and they don’t care where it goes. In Pennsylvania, most of the deer carcasses that are collected from the roads end up in landfills. But is this a respectful way to treat the dead? And what about the vultures and other scavengers who would otherwise e…[Read more]
Review of the book “The Vesuvian Eruption of 1631: an Early Modern History” (by Alfonso Tortora)
Francesco Luzzini deposited Description, analogy, symbolism, faith. Jesuit science and iconography in the early modern debate on the origin of springs in the group Environmental Humanities on Humanities Commons 6 months, 2 weeks ago
By the end of the sixteenth century, many Jesuit colleges had become centers of excellence all over Europe for such disciplines as mathematics, astronomy, hydraulics, and mechanics. Not a few members of the order provided inﬂuential contributions to science: in the case of the study of waters, the inquisitive eye of Jesuits took part in the l…[Read more]
Francesco Luzzini deposited Through dark and mysterious paths. Early modern science and the search for the origin of springs from the 16thto the 18thcenturies in the group Environmental Humanities on Humanities Commons 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Since its first attempts to understand natural phenomena, early modern science devoted great attention to the problematic issue of the origin of springs. This essay examines the lively debate that emerged from the studies on fresh water during the years spanning from the mid-sixteenth century to the early eighteenth. By focusing on the…[Read more]
In 1687, after he graduated in Medicine, young Antonio Vallisneri (1661-1730) returned in the Duchy of Modena and Reggio. In those years he mainly served as general practitioner; nevertheless, he also devoted many studies to various aspects of the natural sciences. He performed many observations, accurately reporting them in seven “Quaderni”…[Read more]
Victoria Addis deposited The Greening of Postmodern Discourse in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and Graham Swift’s Waterland in the group Environmental Humanities on Humanities Commons 7 months, 2 weeks ago
In this article, I argue that the groundlessness associated with postmodernism is not as entrenched within its discourse as it may appear. Graham Swift’s Waterland (1992) and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake (2003), while conforming to many of the aesthetic values of postmodernism, share an ecopostmodernist platform that raises questions and con…[Read more]
Sian Sullivan deposited Making nature investable: from legibility to leverageability in fabricating ‘nature’ as ‘natural capital’ in the group Environmental Humanities on Humanities Commons 7 months, 3 weeks ago
In response to perceived valuation problems giving rise to global environmental crisis, ‘nature’ is being qualified, quantified and materialised as the new external(ised) ‘Nature-whole’ of ‘natural capital’. This paper problematises the increasing legibility, through numbering and (ac)counting practices, of natural capital as an apparently…[Read more]
This engagement highlights the antagonism between wealth and the commodity value form posed at the heart of Marx’s work. In doing so, it considers methodological possibilities for both understanding and intervening in the fabricating of new alienated capitalist values from beyond-human natures.
The historical narrative of water purity tends to chart a process of secularisation with an
increasing importance on cleanliness. We suggest otherwise – that rhetorically at least, water
has never been secularised. Moral impurity and water contamination have a long and
interrelated history. Even before the connection had been made between c…[Read more]
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