Writing with plants

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    English translations here and elsewhere are the authors.’

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    Both humans and plants respirate – that is, they take in oxygen from their surroundings and combine it with glucose to produce energy, releasing carbon dioxide in the process. But plants also perform photosynthesis, which fixes carbon dioxide from the air to form glucose, releasing oxygen. Marder and Irigaray emphasize the interplay of human and plant breath: humans inhale oxygen processed by plants, and plants take in carbon dioxide exhaled by humans (and other animals and plants).

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    Kohn makes clear that these tropical rainforests are an intensification of such principles of mutual representation, not a radical break; thus, these principles hold everywhere, no matter how much we would like to ignore them.


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Allor, D., Swenson, H. Writing with plants. Postmedieval 9, 496–510 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41280-018-0108-0

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