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Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination

By: Nicole Seymour (Author)

264 pages, 13 b/w photos

Illinois University Press

Paperback | May 2013 | #204733 | ISBN-13: 9780252079160
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Hardback | no dustjacket | May 2013 | #204732 | ISBN-13: 9780252037627
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About this book

In Strange Natures, Nicole Seymour investigates the ways in which contemporary queer fictions offer insight on environmental issues through their performance of a specifically queer understanding of nature, the nonhuman, and environmental degradation. By drawing upon queer theory and ecocriticism, Seymour examines how contemporary queer fictions extend their critique of "natural" categories of gender and sexuality to the nonhuman natural world, thus constructing a queer environmentalism.

Seymour's thoughtful analyses of works such as Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues, Todd Haynes's Safe, and Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain illustrate how homophobia, classism, racism, sexism, and xenophobia inform dominant views of the environment and help to justify its exploitation. Calling for a queer environmental ethics, she delineates the discourses that have worked to prevent such an ethics and argues for a concept of queerness that is attuned to environmentalism's urgent futurity, and an environmentalism that is attuned to queer sensibilities.


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Biography

Nicole Seymour is an assistant professor of English at University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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