Extinction and Memorial Culture
Reckoning with Species Loss in the Anthropocene
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This book considers how we encounter and make meaning from extinction in diverse settings and cultures. It brings together an international and interdisciplinary range of scholars to consider how extinction is memorialised in museums and cultural institutions, through monuments, in literature and art, through public acts of ritual and protest, and in everyday practices.
In an era in which species are becoming extinct at an unprecedented rate, we must find new ways to engage critically, creatively, and courageously with species loss. Extinction and Memorial Culture: Reckoning with Species Loss in the Anthropocene develops the conceptual tools to think in complex ways about extinctions and their aftermath, along with providing new insights into commemorating and mourning more-than-human lives.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the environmental humanities, extinction studies, memorial culture, and the Anthropocene.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reckoning with Species Loss in the Anthropocene
- Layering Loss; A Conversation with Lucienne Rickard
- Beginning and Endling: The Case of Aotearoa New Zealand’s First Rose-Crowned Fruit Dove, or Specimen OR.030538
- Listening to Lost Species: Memorialising Extinction Through Sound
- Entangled Extinctions and Cultural Resurgence
- Edenic Extinction: Memorialising Lost Species Across Timescales at the Eden Portland Project
- Franklinia in the Garden: Memorialising Foliage, Preserving Heritage
- Withnessing: Multispecies Approaches to Extinction, Testimony, and Bodies of Water
- Conjuring up Ghost Species: On Photography and Extinction
- An Elegy for an Ecotype: Eva Saulitis’s Into Great Silence and the Extinction of the Chugach Transient Killer Whales
- Lost Species, Lost Worlds: Memorialising Extinction in the Art of Todd McGrain and Chris Jordan
- Psittacine Extinction Story: I Once Loved a Lorikeet
Clara de Massol de Rebetz
Shane McCorristine, William M. Adams and Adam Searle
Hannah Stark is Associate Professor in English at the University of Tasmania, Australia. She is the author of Feminist Theory After Deleuze (Bloomsbury, 2016), the co-author (with Timothy Laurie) of The Theory of Love: Ideals, Limits, Futures (Palgrave Macmillan 2021), and the co-editor of Deleuze and the Non/Human (Palgrave, 2015), and Deleuze and Guattari in the Anthropocene (Edinburgh, 2016).