New Ecological Realisms

New Ecological Realisms Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Contemporary Theory KAUP, Monika

Presents post-apocalyptic fiction as an important and unique source of new realist ontologies What is the singular reality of humanistic objects of study? By pairing post-apocalyptic novels by Margaret Atwood, José Saramago, Octavia Butler and Cormac McCarthy with new realist theories, Monika Kaup shows that, just as new realist theory can illuminate post-apocalyptic literature, post-apocalyptic literature also embeds new theories of the real. She showcases a context-based concept of the real, arguing that new realisms of complex and embedded wholes, actor-networks and ecologies, rather than old realisms of isolated parts and things, represent the most promising escape from the impasses of constructivism and positivism. To achieve this Kaup brings together four contemporary theories that have never been considered together before and that formulate context-based realisms: Bruno Latour's actor-network theory; Chilean neurophenomenologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela's theories of autopoiesis and enactivism; German philosopher Markus Gabriel's new ontology of fields of sense; French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion's phenomenology of givenness and American philosopher Alphonso Lingis's phenomenology of passionate identification. Monika Kaup is Professor of English at the University of Washington
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Specificaties

ISBN
9781474483094
Uitgever
Edinburgh University Press
Druk
1e
Datum
31-05-2021
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
352 pp.
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Genre
Filosofie

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