Hyperobjects 4.0: Emergency Human-Scale Study Guide

Morton performs a critique of ecocriticism by revisiting its sources in Romanticism.

Timothy Morton
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Speaker's affiliation
Rice University
Name of Series
Cross-Cultural Ecocriticism(s): Waves and Undertows
Sponsoring Department
Rutgers University

Do current environmental crises, politics, and studies compel literary and cultural studies to revisit their usual perspectives on nature? Ecocriticism names the emergence of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the interactions between humans and physical environments and non-human species in literature and other media.

An expert on British Romanticism, particularly an authority on Percy Shelley, Prof. Morton performs a critique of ecocriticism by revisiting its sources in Romanticism, and drawing from it a new way of understanding environmental aesthetics that resonates well with current Continental philosophy on the idea of ecology, and with environmentalism in other world literatures. He is the author of Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics (Harvard UP, 2007), and The Ecological Thought (Harvard UP, 2010).