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Water Lore
Practice, Place and Poetics

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ISBN 9781032110660
April 21, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Located within the field of environmental humanities, this volume engages with one of the most pressing contemporary environmental challenges of our time: how can we shift our understanding and realign what water means to us? Water is increasingly at the centre of scientific and public debates about climate change. In these debates, rising sea levels compete against desertification; hurricanes and floods follow periods of prolonged drought. As we continue to pollute, canalise and desalinate waters, the ambiguous nature of our relationship with these entities becomes visible. From the paradisiac and pristine scenery of holiday postcards through to the devastated landscapes of post-tsunami news reports, images of waters surround us. And while we continue to damage what most sustains us, collective precarity grows.

Breaking down disciplinary boundaries, with contributions from scholars in the visual arts, history, earth systems, anthropology, architecture, literature and creative writing, archaeology and music, this edited collection creates space for less prominent perspectives, with many authors coming from female, Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ contexts. Combining established and emerging voices, and practice-led research and critical scholarship, the book explores water across its scientific, symbolic, material, imaginary, practical and aesthetic dimensions. It examines and interrogates our cultural construction and representation of water and, through original research and theory, suggests ways in which we can reframe the dialogue to create a better relationship with water sources in diverse contexts and geographies.

This expansive book brings together key emerging scholarship on water persona and agency and would be an ideal supplementary text for discussions on the blue humanities, climate change, environmental anthropology and environmental history.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD: ‘Salt Water Kin’ Jill Jones INTRODUCTION: Flux and Change Claudia Egerer and Camille Roulière PART I – WATER STORIES: (re)presenting waters CHAPTER ONE: Sapphire Stories: Disenchantment and Sense of Wonder in the Underwater World Karin Dirke CHAPTER TWO: Imaginings of Water: Anthropocene Waters and the Entanglement of the Living Claudia Egerer CHAPTER THREE: The Blue Anthropocene and the Oceanic South: Reading Containerisation and Inundation Diffractively Meg Samuelson CHAPTER FOUR: Poetic Economies of Walden: Keeping Current(cy) Diane P Freedman CHAPTER FIVE: Salt, Water and Sound: Translations from the Murray Mouth Camille Roulière CHAPTER SIX: The Wild Edge; A Language for Costal Landscapes Nicole Larkin PART II – WATER LAW AND LORE: waters and/in cultures CHAPTER SEVEN: The WaterLore Project: Mapping the Sacred in Cultural Waters Gini Lee CHAPTER EIGHT: Te Mana o te Wai—Relating to and through the Charisma of Water Dan Hikuroa and Billie Lythberg CHAPTER NINE: Divining Stephen Muecke CHAPTER TEN: Water Remembers: Drowning Colonialism and Swimming in Wealth Brandy Nālani McDougall CHAPTER ELEVEN: The Weight of River Stones Ali Gumillya Baker, Faye Rosas Blanch and Simone Ulalka Tur PART III – (RE)IMAGINING WATERS: writing on and with waters CHAPTER TWELVE: Call and Response Writing on Water Louise Boscacci and Pip Newling CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Fresh Water, Salt Water: Socially Engaged Art, Collaboration and the Environment Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Storied Matter Deborah Wardle CHAPTER FIFTEEN: New Perspectives on Water Significance: Joining Art and Science to Communicate Water Ecology Anastasia Tyurina CHAPTER SIXTEEN: I Am Phytoplankton Kassandra Bossell AFTERWORD: ‘if we stand…’ Em König

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Claudia Egerer is Associate Professor of Literature and Environmental Humanities in the Department of English at Stockholm University, Sweden. Both her research and teaching engage in rethinking the place of the human and the humanities in the Anthropocene. Co-founder of the Environmental Humanities Network at Stockholm University and the research school in the Environmental Humanities at Stockholm University.

Camille Roulière works at the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at The University of Adelaide, Australia. She is an early career researcher and creative writer whose work focuses on spatial poetics. She was recently awarded a University Doctoral Research Medal for her PhD thesis entitled "Visions of Water in Lower Murray Country" (The University of Adelaide).