Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, And The Material Self

Paperback | October 25, 2010

byStacy Alaimo

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How do we understand the agency and significance of material forces and their interface with human bodies? What does it mean to be human in these times, with bodies that are inextricably interconnected with our physical world? Bodily Natures considers these questions by grappling with powerful and pervasive material forces and their increasingly harmful effects on the human body. Drawing on feminist theory, environmental studies, and the sciences, Stacy Alaimo focuses on trans-corporeality, or movement across bodies and nature, which has profoundly altered our sense of self. By looking at a broad range of creative and philosophical writings, Alaimo illuminates how science, politics, and culture collide, while considering the closeness of the human body to the environment.

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How do we understand the agency and significance of material forces and their interface with human bodies? What does it mean to be human in these times, with bodies that are inextricably interconnected with our physical world? Bodily Natures considers these questions by grappling with powerful and pervasive material forces and their in...

Stacy Alaimo is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is author of Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space and editor (with Susan Hekman) of Material Feminisms (IUP, 2008).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:210 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:October 25, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253222400

ISBN - 13:9780253222404

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Table of Contents

1. Bodily Natures
2. Eros and X-Rays: Bodies, Class, and "Environmental Justice"
3. Invisible Matters: The Sciences of Environmental Justice
4. Material Memoirs: Science, Autobiography, and the Substantial Self
5. Deviant Agents: The Science, Culture, and Politics of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
6. Genetics, Material Agency, and the Evolution of Posthuman Environmental Ethics in Recent Science Fiction
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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"Bodily Natures showcases the distinctive contribution that an ecocritic can make to the field." -Enviromental Ethics