Author Feder, Helena
Title Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture : Biology and the Bildungsroman
Imprint Farnham : Taylor & Francis Group, 2014
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Note Cover -- Title page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Chapter 1 Introduction: Biology and the Idea of Culture -- Chapter 2 Candide and the Dialectic of Enlightenment -- Chapter 3 Ecocriticism and the Production of Monstrosity in Frankenstein -- Chapter 4 Placing Modernity in Orlando -- Chapter 5 Consuming Culture in A Small Place and Among Flowers -- Chapter 6 Conclusion: Dehumanization, Animality, and the Bildungsroman -- Bibliography -- Index
Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture: Biology and the Bildungsroman draws on work by Kinji Imanishi, Frans de Waal, and other biologists to create an interdisciplinary, materialist notion of culture for ecocritical analysis. In this timely intervention, Feder examines the humanist idea of culture by taking a fresh look at the stories it explicitly tells about itself. These stories fall into the genre of the Bildungsroman, the tale of individual acculturation that participates in the myth of its complete separation from and opposition to nature which, Feder argues, is culture's own origin story. Moving from Voltaire's Candide to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and from Virginia Woolf's Orlando to Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy, the book dramatizes humanism's own awareness of the fallacy of this foundational binary. In the final chapters, Feder examines the discourse of animality at work in this narrative as a humanist fantasy about empathy, one that paradoxically excludes other animals from the ethical community to justify the continued domination of both human and nonhuman others
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Link Print version: Feder, Helena Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture : Biology and the Bildungsroman Farnham : Taylor & Francis Group,c2014 9781409401575
Subject Bildungsromans -- History and criticism.;Ecology in literature.;Nature in literature
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