Envisioning the Ecological Future: Three Perspectives off the Beaten Track

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Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
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Publications
Institution
Titre
Envisioning the Ecological Future: Three Perspectives off the Beaten Track
Périodique
Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture
Auteur⸱e⸱s
Arnsperger Christian, Soltysik Monnet Agnieszka
ISSN
2084-574X
2083-2931
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
27/11/2023
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
13
Numéro
13
Pages
417-441
Langue
anglais
Résumé
With few truly hopeful visions currently emerging from mainstream academia or from established science concerning humanity’s collective environmental outlook, it might be necessary to go off the beaten track in order to see how we can maintain a sense of hope while realistically preparing for the gradual erosion of the world as we know it, therefore also leaving some psychological and emotional room for a sense of the tragic. This essay considers three lesser-known but, in our eyes, important contemporary perspectives on the ecological future: Ernest Callenbach’s “ecotopia,” John Michael Greer’s “catabolic descent” and William deBuys’s “hospice for Earth”—all three of which aim to challenge the currently still dominant focus on the binary of “progress or apocalypse” that flows from modern thought. We critically examine these visions and argue that, when combined, they offer an approach to the ecological future that is both more realistic and more inspiring. In essence, Callenbach’s ecotopian vision still has significant traction—and an almost “erotic” appeal—today, but needs to be adapted to contemporary ecological realities through Greer’s and deBuys’s insights into decline, grief and the tragic.
Mots-clé
Literature and Literary Theory, Cultural Studies
Open Access
Oui
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24/08/2023 15:54
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06/12/2023 8:30
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