Chapter One of this thesis focuses on critiques of modernity and capitalism, both of which are deeply implicated in the advent of the Anthropocene. Drawing from Bruno Latour, Anna L. Tsing, Caroline Levine, and Adam Seligman, I examine the sincere drive to “purify” the world of its entangled networks. I then consider François Jullien’s critique of the Western “cult of action,” discussing it alongside Latour’s critique of modern temporality and Tsing’s critique of progress. Finally, I read David Mitchell’s novel, Ghostwritten, in the context of this discussion. In the second chapter I discuss how Latour, Tsing, and Jullien ask us to turn our attention to the entangled world, rather than striving to purify it. I present a metaphor of fermentation in order to consider how we rely on natural processes to bring about change rather than individual will. This alternate form of action relies on the propensity for transformation already latent in an assemblage. I end with a discussion of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle, arguing that the Immanent Grove and the Master Patterner illustrate this amodern form of action.
|Advisor:||Levin, Stephen M., Huang, Betsy|
|School Location:||United States -- Massachusetts|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Literature, Climate Change, Philosophy|
|Keywords:||Anthropocene, Capitalism, Daoism, Ecocriticism, Fermentation, Postcolonial|
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