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The Space of Nature

  • Michael Kane
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Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

Abstract

The historical development of contemporary cultural attitudes towards the “space of nature” is examined under four main headings: “Post-Romantic”; “Post-Darwinian”; “Post-Christian … Post-Extractivist?” and “Posthuman, postnaturally and Post-apocalyptic—The Last Post(s)?” The use of the prefix “post” suggests not only that the “contemporary” comes “after” certain “historical” influences and ideas, but also that all of these often rather complex (and even mutually contradictory) ways of imagining and representing the “space of nature” collectively persist at least in “residual” form in the contemporary imagination. The explorations include a discussion of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as well as of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and reference to several other literary texts, including Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Daphne Du Maurier’s story (and Hitchcock’s film) “The Birds”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Kane
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  1. 1.Dublin Business SchoolDublinIreland

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