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Mediating Nature

The Role of Technology in Ecological Literacy, 1st Edition

Edited by Sidney I. Dobrin, Sean Morey


174 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Mediating Nature considers how technology acts as a mediating device in the construction and circulation of images that inform how we see and know nature. Scholarship in environmental communication has focused almost exclusively on verbal rather than visual rhetoric, and this book engages ecocritical and ecocompositional inquiry to shift focus onto the making of images.

Contributors to this dynamic collection focus their efforts on the intersections of digital media and environmental/ecological thinking. Part of the book’s larger argument is that analysis of mediations of nature must develop more critical tools of analysis toward the very mediating technologies that produce such media. That is, to truly understand mediations of nature, one needs to understand the creation and production of those mediations, right down to the algorithms, circuit boards, and power sources that drive mediating technologies.

Ultimately, Mediating Nature contends that ecological literacy and environmental politics are inseparable from digital literacies and visual rhetorics. The book will be of interest to scholars and students working in the fields of Ecocriticism, Ecocomposition, Media Ecology, Visual Rehtoric, and Digital Literacy Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Mediating interfaces: getting in between

Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey

2. Ecoplay: the rhetorics of games about nature

Melissa Bianchi

3. Visualizing ecocritical euphoria in Red Dead Redemption 2

Steve Holmes

4. Stereoscopic rhetorics: model environments, 3D technologies, and decolonizing data collection

Shannon Butts

5. If a tree falls: mediations into and of natural sound

Joe Marshall Hardin

6. (Re)placing the rhetoric of scale: ecoliteracy, networked writing, and MEmorial mapping

Madison Jones

7. Imagining the Eastern Garbage Patch: ocean plastics as a problem of representation and scale

Dan Brayton

8. Meaning in the growing, the harvest, the weaving, the making: Indigenous technologies at Plimoth Plantation’s Wampanoag Homesite

Lisa King

9. Translating nature: manipulation of natural landscape in contemporary digital photography

Anastasia Kozak

10. (Re)coding environmental activism: an examination of Hike Wild Montana

Glen Southergill

11. I See the Body Electrate

Jason Crider

About the Editors

Sidney I. Dobrin is Professor and Chair in the Department of English at the University of Florida, USA. He is the founding director/editor of TRACE Innovation Initiative.

Sean Morey is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Environmental Literature, Culture and Media

The urgency of the next great extinction impels us to evaluate environmental crises as sociogenic. Critiques of culture have a lot to contribute to the endeavour to remedy crises of culture, drawing from scientific knowledge but adding to it arguments about agency, community, language, technology and artistic expression. This series aims to bring to consciousness potentialities that have emerged within a distinct historical situation and to underscore our actions as emergent within a complex dialectic among the living world.

It is our understanding that studies in literature, culture and media can add depth and sensitivity to the way we frame crises; clarifying how culture is pervasive and integral to human and non-human lives as it is the medium of lived experience. We seek exciting studies of more-than-human entanglements and impersonal ontological infrastructures, slow and public media, and the structuring of interpretation. We seek interdisciplinary frameworks for considering solutions to crises, addressing ambiguous and protracted states such as solastalgia, anthropocene anxiety, and climate grief and denialism. We seek scholars who are thinking through decolonization and epistemic justice for our environmental futures. We seek sensitivity to iterability, exchange and interpretation as wrought, performative acts.

Routledge Environmental Literature, Culture, Media provides accessible material to broad audiences, including academic monographs and anthologies, fictocriticism and studies of creative practices. We invite you to contribute to innovative scholarship and interdisciplinary inquiries into the interactive production of meaning sensitive to the affective circuits we move through as experiencing beings.

To discuss or submit a proposal please contact Routledge Editor Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]) or Series Editor Thomas Bristow ([email protected])

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
NATURE / Ecology