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Vulnerable Lives in Literature and Culture

ISBN 9781032092614
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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]

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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).