Exploring how contemporary ecopoetics imagine the representational spaces beyond the categorical scope of the human into the realm of nonhuman matter, this thesis merges postmodernist nature poetics with neomaterialist theory to conceptualize a material ecopoetics: a mode of ecological writing and praxis that frames nonhuman matter as dynamic entities endowed with immense agency, interactivity, and power. Using Evelyn Reilly's 2009 poetry collection Styrofoam as a case study, this thesis explores how Reilly foregrounds plastic as accumulative, agential, abject objects amid the crisis of global plastic waste in the Anthropocene that trouble the boundaries between human/nonhuman, life/nonlife, nature/artifice, and local/global. By displacing anthropocentric frameworks of ontology, agency, and materiality that instrumentalize the nonhuman, Styrofoam imagines a globalist ecology in which the ethics for sustainability and coexistence bracket the co-constitutional matter of the nonhuman with the human.
|Commitee:||Lopez, Dennis, Mohr, William|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Literature, American literature|
|Keywords:||Ecopoetics, Evelyn reilly, Neomaterialism, Plastic, Styrofoam|
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