Panel for the Modernist Studies Association Conference

Країна: США

Місто: Pasadena

Тези до: 04.05.2016

Дати: 17.11.16 — 20.11.16

Область наук: Екологія; Культурологія;

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Організатори: University of Kentucky


In his 1992 work Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity, Ulrich Beck argues that “in advanced modernity, society with all its subsystems of the economy, politics, cultures and the family can no longer be understood as autonomous of nature. Environmental problems are not problems of our surroundings, but – in their origins and through their consequences – are thoroughly social problems, problems of people” (Beck). While the idea of environmental damage resulting from human action has of course gained credence since Beck’s original publication, ecocritics have yet to explore fully what a sociological approach to environmental problems means for the field of environmental literature. While it is beyond well established that human action has dramatically shaped the natural world, the ways in which the natural world shaped the course of modernity is still being determined. Understanding that modernity and ecological fallout are perpetually intertwined challenges not only the traditional interpretations of nature writing/environmental literature, but also traditional notions of the relationship between nature and culture under modernization. Accepting the premise that modernity has created a culture of ecological or environmental risk, ecocritics now must grapple with how this risk culture affects the interpretation and production of texts about the natural world.

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