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Chapter 18 - Ecomedia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 August 2021

Jeffrey Cohen
Affiliation:
Arizona State University
Stephanie Foote
Affiliation:
West Virginia University
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The history of waste records a relationship that has altered over time, resulting in various literal and symbolic manifestations. Waste Studies crosses conventional disciplines to offer ethical frameworks which pay attention to, understand, and act on bodily, cultural, and societal waste. With examples from novelists Toni Morrison and Wolfgang Hilbig, this chapter illustrates a number of aspects of waste in literature: waste as material agent; waste as metaphor; and narratives structured as waste, with little hope for clarity. The strategy of slow practice through narrative construction can prove a means to inculcate an ecological sensitivity and awareness we carry with us beyond the act of reading. While waste categories often are used to dismiss, deny, and reject certain humans, other-than-human agents, and material items, waste has also been used as a means to provoke compassion and ethical engagement by which we can develop a compassionate commonality with wasted beings to act for them, for us, and for the world. Waste Studies argues that the humanities can vibrantly and dynamically work to improve all of our lives in a concrete and material way.

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Print publication year: 2021

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Chang, Alenda J. Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games. University of Minnesota Press, 2019.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome, and Duckert, Lowell, eds. Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. University of Minnesota Press, 2015.Google Scholar
Cubitt, Sean. Finite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technologies. Duke University Press, 2016.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Dobrin, Sidney I., and Morey, Sean, eds. Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, Nature. SUNY Press, 2009.Google Scholar
Hageman, Andrew. “Ecocinema and Ideology: Do Ecocritics Dream of a Clockwork Green?” In Rust, Stephen, Monani, Salma, and Cubitt, Sean (eds.) Ecocinema Theory and Practice. Routledge, 2013, pp. 6386.Google Scholar
Iovino, Serenella, and Oppermann, Serpil, eds. Material Ecocriticism. Indiana University Press, 2014.Google Scholar
Lu, Sheldon H., and Jiayan, Mi, eds. Chinese Ecocinema: In the Age of Environmental Challenge. Vol. 1. Hong Kong University Press, 2009.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Murray, Robin L., and Heumann, Joseph K.. That’s All Folks?: Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features. University of Nebraska Press, 2011.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Rust, Stephen, Monani, Salma, and Cubitt, Sean, eds. Ecomedia: Key Issues. Routledge, 2015.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Willoquet-Maricondi, Paula, ed. Framing the World: Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film. University of Virginia Press, 2010.Google Scholar

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  • Ecomedia
  • Edited by Jeffrey Cohen, Arizona State University, Stephanie Foote, West Virginia University
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Environmental Humanities
  • Online publication: 12 August 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009039369.019
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  • Ecomedia
  • Edited by Jeffrey Cohen, Arizona State University, Stephanie Foote, West Virginia University
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Environmental Humanities
  • Online publication: 12 August 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009039369.019
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  • Ecomedia
  • Edited by Jeffrey Cohen, Arizona State University, Stephanie Foote, West Virginia University
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Environmental Humanities
  • Online publication: 12 August 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009039369.019
Available formats
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