Exploring Interstitiality with Mangroves Semiotic Materialism and the Environmental Humanities
Mangroves thrive in intertidal zones, where they gather organisms and objects from land, river, and ocean. They develop into complex ecologies in these dynamic in-between spaces. Mobilising resources drawn from semiotic materialism and the environmental humanities, this book seeks a form of social theory from the mangroves; that is to think interstitiality from the perspective of mangroves themselves, exploring the crafty and tenacious world-making they are engaged in.
Three sections weave together theory, science and close observation, responding to calls within the environmental humanities for detailed attention to interactions in marginal spaces and those of interpretative tension. It examines interstitiality by considering theories of difference, relationality, and reflexivity in the context of mangrove socioecological materialities, drawing on influential writers such as Michel Serres, Jacques Derrida, Deborah Bird Rose, Donna Haraway, Brian Massumi and Maurice Merleau-Ponty as theoretical touchstones.
Exploring Interstitiality with Mangroves is a lyrically crafted philosophical analysis that will appeal to scholars, researchers and students interested in the developing frontiers of more-than-human post-anthropocentric writing, theory and methodologies. It will be of interest to readers in ecocriticism, environmental humanities, cultural geography, place studies and nature writing.
The Open Access version of the Introduction, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003286493, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. The funder for this chapter is the Australian Academy of the Humanities via the Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Subsidy Scheme
Part 1: Strange reflexivities: folding in communicative tidal materialities
Chapter 1: The proposals of tides and the responses of oysters
Chapter 2: Folding and filter-feeding semiotics
Chapter 3: Ecological meaningfulness and the negotiation of criteria
Part 2: Monstrous relations: exploring a hermeneutic account of relationality
Chapter 4: Lines of desire and knots of obligation
Chapter 5: Transgression and attunement
Chapter 6: It matters what stories we tell to tell other stories
Part 3: Impossible differences: a muddy journey across more-than-human walls and hospitalities
Chapter 7: Why build a wall?
Chapter 8: Walls and human exceptionalism
Chapter 9: Mangrove walls, mangrove hosts: more-than-human hospitalities
Chapter 10: Conclusion
“A gifted environmental writer as well as eco-theorist, Judith complements and tests her theoretical explorations with vivid, scientifically informed passages describing such things as the filter-feeding of oysters. [The] book opens up many promising lines of inquiry for mangrove studies in the environmental humanities, and I expect Earth-oriented critics, environmental philosophers and historians, anthropologists, and others to take up questions Judith has raised here as human cultures become more and more entangled with mangrove forests in an overheating, drowning world.”
Bart Welling, University of North Florida, USA; from a review in Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, Vol 14:2
"It’s hard to a imagine a more compelling entry-point to the environmental humanities than this. A view through the muddy lens of mangroves, Exploring Interstitiality with Mangroves is a bold and unique response to questions about how best to live amidst the tangle of human and nonhuman worlds."
Lancaster University, UK
"Working as a conceptual ‘filter feeder’, navigating through the dense underbelly of Sydney’s mangroves, Kate Judith accomplishes a rare feat – brilliantly repositioning important conceptual discussions within complex ecologies to explore them from more-than-human perspectives. This move generates valuable new insights for the environmental humanities."
Professor, Environment & Society Group, University of New South Wales, Australia
"An elegant and compelling examination of this world between sea and land. Judith puts leading theorists from philosophy and environmental humanities in the mud of the mangroves; some become allies, others show their limits in this liminal domain. This work announces a unique and powerful voice in environmental thought."
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, Australia
"Kate Judith’s book is a nuanced and poetic read into the intertidal fluid and solid spaces of mangroves and their (and our) thicketed ecocultural associations. These pages respectfully take the reader by the senses, heart, and mind into the complex in-between, always dynamic, always inclusive, always inextricably relational."
, Environment & Society Group, University of New South Wales, Australia