1st Edition

Extinction and Memorial Culture Reckoning with Species Loss in the Anthropocene

Edited By Hannah Stark Copyright 2023
    226 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Reckoning with Species Loss in the Anthropocene

    Hannah Stark

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

    3. Beginning and Endling: Archival Atmospheres, Extraction and 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

    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. William M. Adams, Shane McCorristine, 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

    Hélenè Frichot


    Hannah Stark is Associate Professor in English at the University of Tasmania, Australia. She is the author of Feminist Theory After Deleuze (2016), the co-author (with Timothy Laurie) of The Theory of Love: Ideals, Limits, Futures (2021), and the co-editor of Deleuze and the Non/Human (2015), and Deleuze and Guattari in the Anthropocene (2016).