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Form across Literature, Science, and the Arts (2018)


What forms, then, afford us the most possibility when it comes to thinking about our ecological moment? What forms might help us think, if not ecological totality, then interconnectedness and its limitations? These seem to be some of the most important questions we can ask as scholars working in science, literature, and the arts, particularly when our work overlaps with, or is consciously rooted in, the environmental humanities. In my own teaching and research, I am interested in the smallest scales of connection—the forms of relation that help us imagine not the planet as a whole, but the intimate ecologies (as I term them) that comprise and structure it. My understanding is that parasitisms and mutualisms above all have played an outsized role in our understandings of relationality among all organisms since the nineteenth century. But it is clear to me that we need studies of all sorts of forms—forms for imagining proximity as well as distance, for negotiating interdependence as well as its limitations. By proliferating the forms at our disposal, we provide ourselves with new tools for working our way out of the current ecological moment.

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Authors & Contributors
Marwick, Arthur
Lorenzo, Javier de
Black, Scott
Heywood, Leslie L.
Wilson, David Sloan
Garcia, Justin R.
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Journal of Literature and Science
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Science and Education
Critical Inquiry
Harvard University Press
Oxford University Press
University of California Press
Science and literature
Arts and humanities
Science and society
Environmental degradation
Darwin, Charles Robert
Boyle, Robert
Kingsley, Charles
Bormann, Frederick Herbert
Saraceno, Tomás
Doolittle, Hilda
Great Britain
Pacific Ocean
Wisconsin (U.S.)
North America
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
17th century
20th century, early
Yellowstone National Park

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