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Loss & Wonder at the World’s End

By: Laura A Ogden(Author)
200 pages, 1 colour & 55 b/w illustrations
Loss & Wonder at the World’s End
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In Loss & Wonder at the World's End, Laura A. Ogden brings together animals, people, and things – from beavers, stolen photographs, lichen, American explorers, and birdsong – to catalog the ways environmental change and colonial history are entangled in the Fuegian Archipelago of southernmost Chile and Argentina. Repeated algal blooms have closed fisheries in the archipelago. Glaciers are in retreat. Extractive industries such as commercial forestry, natural gas production, and salmon farming along with the introduction of nonnative species are rapidly transforming assemblages of life. Ogden archives forms of loss – including territory, language, sovereignty, and life itself – as well as forms of wonder, or moments when life continues to flourish even in the ruins of these devastations. Her account draws on long-term ethnographic research with settler and Indigenous communities; archival photographs; explorer journals; and experiments in natural history and performance studies. Loss & Wonder at the World's End frames environmental change as imperialism's shadow, a darkness cast over the earth in the wake of other losses.


The World's End: A Figure  1

Introduction. Loss and Wonder  4
      The Explorer's Refrain: A Figure  15
1. The Earth as Archive  21
      Arturo Escobar: A Figure  44
      The Archival Earth: A Figure  47
2. Alternative Archives of the Present  51
      Lichens on the Beach: A Figure  57
3. An Empire of Skin  62
      The Anthropologist: A Figure  86
4. Stolen Images  91
      Lewis Henry Morgan: A Figure  107
5. Dreamworlds of Beavers  111
      Traces of Derrida: A Figure  127
      Anne Chapman: A Figure  130
Conclusion. Birdsong  133
      Gratitude: A Figuration  141

Notes  145
Bibliography  169
Index  183

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Laura A. Ogden is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College, author of Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades, coauthor of Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers, and coeditor of The Coastal Everglades: The Dynamics of Social-Ecological Transformation in the South Florida Landscape.

By: Laura A Ogden(Author)
200 pages, 1 colour & 55 b/w illustrations
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"One of the most brilliant and compelling aspects of this beautiful little book is Laura A. Ogden's voice. A woman's seasoned, feminist, highly attuned and tuned, expertly lived voice, it leads us graciously into a critical world of wonder and loss – a collective looking around at what could have been and might still be. Loss & Wonder at the World's End is sharply, fiercely loving. It teaches us to live and think differently. This is a masterful, inspiring, wholly original work."
– Kathleen Stewart, coauthor of The Hundreds

"In its freshness of vision, its first-person mode of presentation, its openheartedness, and its scattering of materials in delicate montages, Loss & Wonder at the World's End is such fun to read. Laura A. Ogden's persistent view of history throughout the text as multivalent, dense, and mysterious is wonderful."
– Michael T. Taussig, author of Mastery of Non-mastery in the Age of Meltdown

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