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Environmental Humanities and the Uncanny

Ecoculture, Literature and Religion, 1st Edition

By Rod Giblett

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146 pages

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Sigmund Freud’s essay 'The Uncanny' is celebrating a century since publication. It is arguably his greatest and most fruitful contribution to the study of culture and the environment. Environmental Humanities and the Uncanny brings into the open neglected aspects of the uncanny in this famous essay in its centenary year and in the work of those before and after him, such as Friedrich Schelling, Walter Benjamin, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Bram Stoker.

This book does so by focussing on religion, especially at a time and for a world in which some sectors of the monotheisms are in aggressive, and sometimes violent, contention against those of other monotheisms, and even against other sectors within their own monotheism. The chapter on Schelling’s uncanny argues that monotheisms come out of polytheism and makes the plea for polytheism central to the whole book. It enables rethinking the relationships between mythology and monotheistic and polytheistic religions in a culturally and politically liberatory and progressive way. Succeeding chapters consider the uncanny cyborg, the uncanny and the fictional, and the uncanny and the Commonwealth, concluding with a chapter on Taoism as a polytheistic religion.

Building on the author’s previous work in Environmental Humanities and Theologies in bringing together theories of religion and the environment, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the environmental humanities, ecocultural studies and religion.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

  1. The Uncanniness of Freud’s Uncanny
  2. Alligators, Crocodiles and the Monstrous Uncanny
  3. The Uncanny Urban Underside
  4. The Uncanniness of Schelling’s Uncanny
  5. The Uncanny and the Work of Walter Benjamin
  6. The Uncanny Cyborg
  7. The Uncanny and the Fictional
  8. The Uncanny Commonwealth of Christianity
  9. The Living Polytheism of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism/Taoist Tai Chi Society

Index

About the Author

Rod Giblett is Honorary Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University. He is the author of many books in the environmental humanities, including People and Places of Nature and Culture (2011) and most recently Environmental Humanities and Theologies (2018), and is a pioneer in psychoanalytic ecology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology
REL000000
RELIGION / General
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science