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Extinction and Memorial Culture
Reckoning with Species Loss in the Anthropocene

Edited By

Hannah Stark

  • Available for pre-order on June 2, 2023. Item will ship after June 23, 2023
ISBN 9781032326375
June 23, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Hannah Stark

  1. Layering Loss; A Conversation with Lucienne Rickard
  2. Keely Jobe

  3. Beginning and Endling: The Case of Aotearoa New Zealand’s First Rose-Crowned Fruit Dove, or Specimen OR.030538
  4. Rosie Ibbotson

  5. Listening to Lost Species: Memorialising Extinction Through Sound
  6. Hannah Hunter

  7. Entangled Extinctions and Cultural Resurgence
  8. Susanne Ferwerda

  9. Edenic Extinction: Memorialising Lost Species Across Timescales at the Eden Portland Project
  10. Clara de Massol de Rebetz

  11. Franklinia in the Garden: Memorialising Foliage, Preserving Heritage
  12. Kelly Enright

  13. Withnessing: Multispecies Approaches to Extinction, Testimony, and Bodies of Water
  14. Toby Juliff

  15. Conjuring up Ghost Species: On Photography and Extinction
  16. Shane McCorristine, William M. Adams and Adam Searle

  17. An Elegy for an Ecotype: Eva Saulitis’s Into Great Silence and the Extinction of the Chugach Transient Killer Whales
  18. Jennifer Schell

  19. Lost Species, Lost Worlds: Memorialising Extinction in the Art of Todd McGrain and Chris Jordan
  20. Hannah Stark

  21. Psittacine Extinction Story: I Once Loved a Lorikeet

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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).