1st Edition

Ecoprecarity Vulnerable Lives in Literature and Culture

By Pramod K. Nayar Copyright 2019
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    Ecoprecarity: Vulnerable Lives in Literature and Culture presents an examination of ecoprecarity - the precarious lives that humans lead in the process and event of ecological disaster, and the increasing precarious state of the environment itself as a result of human interventions - in contemporary literary-cultural texts. It studies the representation of 'invasion narratives' of the human body and the earth by alien life forms, the ecodystopian vision that informs much environmental thought in popular cultures, the states of ontological integrity and genetic belonging in the age of cloning, xenotransplantation and biotechnology's 'capitalisation' of life itself, and the construction of the 'wild' in these texts. It pays attention to the ecological uncanny and the monstrous that haunts ecodystopias and forms of natureculture that emerge in the bioeconomies since the late twentieth century.

    Chapter 1: Ecoprecarity: An Introduction [6280]

    Chapter 2: Biosecurity and Invasion in the ‘Outbreak Narrative’ [11883]

    Hosts, Contagions and the Invasion/Outbreak Narrative

    Frames of Apprehension, Precarity and their Necrospective History

    The ‘Host’ Body

    The Grotesque Body

    The Human, the Clone and the Organs

    Chapter 3: Dystopias and the ‘Ecological Uncanny’ [21630]

    Ecological Thought and the Dystopian Imagination

    The Antiquarian Uncanny and Ecoprecarity

    The Architectural Uncanny

    Spectral Landscapes

    Waste and the Ecological Uncanny

    Waste and the Decadent Sublime

    The Decadent Sublime and the Uncanny

    Ecodystopias and their Reproductive Uncanny

    Pathological Reproduction and Uncanny Kinship

    Teratogenesis and Species Reproduction

    Chapter 4 The Wild and Its Feral Biopolitics [14150]

    The Idea of Wilderness in the Age of Precarity

    Carnal Geographies

    ‘Nature Red in Tooth and Claw’

    Carnal Geography as Animal Heterotopia

    Feral Biopolitics

    The Feral and the Idea of Human Civilization

    Postnatural Wilderness and the Feral

    Feral Childhoods

    Chapter 5: Live Capital, Bioeconomies and Endangered Belonging [19500]

    The Precarious Bodies of Biocapitalism

    Possession and Labour

    The Judicialization of Life itself

    Genetic Citizenship and Precarious Belonging

    Community, Genetic Ancestry and Belonging

    The Quest for Origin(al)s

    Tales of the Vanishing Subject

    The Romance of Species Cosmopolitanism

    Precarious Natureculture in the Age of the Genome

    Genomic Histories and Cultural Genomics

    The Future Genomics

    Bibliography [4680]


    Pramod K. Nayar teaches at the Dept. of English, the University of Hyderabad, India. Among his most recent books are Brand Postcolonial: 'Third World' Texts and the Global (de Gruyter 2018), The Extreme in Contemporary Culture (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), Human Rights and Literature (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016), and The Indian Graphic Novel (Routledge 2016).