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The essays additionally placed ecocriticism into better touch with the ordinary sciences, together with components of evolutionary biology, organic taxonomy, and geology. attractive either ecocritical conception and perform, those authors extra heavily align ecocriticism with the actual atmosphere, with the big variety of texts and cultural practices that obstacle it, and with the becoming scholarly dialog that surrounds this concern.
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In a memorable sentence, Ingrid Bartsch, Carolyn DiPalma, and Laura Sells describe how this historical set of wetland dynamics iterated into a contemporary bureaucratic context: “Wetlands are literally and ﬁguratively a terrain of struggle for government agencies, developers, environmentalists, scientists, and ducks, all of whom have competing interests in questions of deﬁnition, jurisdiction, regulation, and control” (Bartsch et al. 187). As ecologist Ralph W. Tiner demonstrates exhaustively with In Search of Swampland: A Wetland Resource and Field Guide, the commonsense deﬁnition of a wetland as land-covered-in-water-some-of-the-time is complicated by the needs of farmers, for whom swamps and other wetlands were obstacles to agriculture; by the taxonomy of ecology, which makes ﬁne distinctions among swamps, marshes, bogs, and vernal pools; and by state and federal agencies engaged in a rearguard effort to protect remaining American wetlands from corporate development (Tiner 3–13).
17. In this sense, Grifﬁn is allied with Latin American liberation theology and North American feminist theology, which see the Kingdom of God as a this-worldly phenomenon. 18. By this I do not mean that it should be impossible to ban snowmobiles in a national park but rather that the exclusion of postindustrial technology from the traditional cosmos of pastoralism forces people to choose between modernity and cosmic harmony, excluding the possibility that the machine might participate in such harmony.
Grifﬁn is a keen observer who wants a feminist empiricism, a contemplative who wants to change the world, a seeker after ecstatic union with otherkind who seeks to preserve its autonomy. Woman and Nature is built, therefore, on strategies of critique and reconstruction, separation and reunion, dialectical movements through previously polarized ideas and events. The goal of this movement is not an absolute holism in which Many become One forever; instead, it is a dynamic interrelationship among the elements of a cosmos, neither unchanging order nor random chaos.