Archive for April, 2013

Dark earth days

Composing a worthwhile Earth Day post takes more energy than I have today, so instead I’ll link to Jeremy’s Earth post at Struggle Forever!  It articulates a thought I often feel on this day (surrounded as I get by students eager to maternalize the planet) but in a way that resonates with the weirdness of the last week, with its bombs, explosions, and highly mediated manhunts.

A few snippets:

The Earth is not your mother . . . S/h/it is a monstrous assemblage . . . Earth Day is a dark holiday.  It is a reminder, not of the beauty of nature or the miracle of life, but of the horrors that we have wrought upon the rocky surface of this planet . . .

And the picture says a great deal:


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Ecology ~ Film ~ Philosophy

Here’s what I’m slated to teach this summer, for 3 weeks beginning May 20.


Ecology – Film – Philosophy

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New ecocriticism book series

The list of advisors for this new book series in Ecocritical Theory and Practice shows just how the field of ecocriticism has internationalized over the last two decades. I’m pleased to be part of it.

Ecocritical Theory and Practice Book Series

Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group 

Ecocritical Theory and Practice highlights innovative scholarship at the interface of literary/cultural studies and the environment, seeking to foster an ongoing dialogue between academics and environmental activists. Works that explore View full article »

Pretty dark out there…

Says NASA:

“It turns out that roughly 70% of the Universe is dark energy. Dark matter makes up about 25%. The rest – everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter – adds up to less than 5% of the Universe. Come to think of it, maybe it shouldn’t be called “normal” matter at all, since it is such a small fraction of the Universe.” [italics added]

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