Sense of Place and Sense of Planet The Environmental Imagination of the Global

ISBN-10: 0195335643

ISBN-13: 9780195335644

Edition: 2008

Authors: Ursula K. Heise
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Description: Sense of Place and Sense of Planet analyzes the relationship between the imagination of the global and the ethical commitment to the local in environmentalist thought and writing from the 1960s to the present. Part One critically examines the emphasis on local identities and communities in North American environmentalism by establishing conceptual connections between environmentalism and ecocriticism, on one hand, and theories of globalization, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism, on the other. It proposes the concept of "eco-cosmopolitanism" as a shorthand for envisioning these connections and the cultural and aesthetic forms into which they translate. Part Two focuses on conceptualizations of environmental danger and connects environmentalist and ecocritical thought with the interdisciplinary field of risk theory in the social sciences, arguing that environmental justice theory and ecocriticism stand to benefit from closer consideration of the theories of cosmopolitanism that have arisen in this field from the analysis of transnational communities at risk. Both parts of the book combine in-depth theoretical discussion with detailed analyses of novels, poems, films, computer software and installation artworks from the US and abroad that translate new connections between global, national and local forms of awareness into innovative aesthetic forms combining allegory, epic, and views of the planet as a whole with modernist and postmodernist strategies of fragmentation, montage, collage, and zooming.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction: Sense of Place and Sense of Planet
World Wide Webs: Imagining the Planet
From the Blue Planet to Google Earth: Environmentalism, Ecocriticism, and the Imagination of the Global
Among the Everywheres: Global Crowds and the Networked Planet
Adventures in the Global Amazon
Planet at Risk
Narrative in the World Risk Society
Toxic Bodies, Corporate Poisons: Local Risks and Global Systems
Afterglow: Chernobyl and the Everyday
Conclusion: Some Like It Hot: Climate Change and Eco-Cosmopolitanism
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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