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Trees in Literatures and the Arts HumanArboreal Perspectives in the Anthropocene

By: Carmen Concilio(Editor), Daniela Fargione(Editor)
312 pages
Publisher: Lexington Books
Trees in Literatures and the Arts
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Embracing the intersectional methodological outlook of the environmental humanities, the contributors to this edited collection explore the entanglements of cultures, ecologies, and socio-ethical issues in the roles of trees and their relationships with humans through narratives in literature and art.


Part I Human-Tree Kinship
Chapter 1: On Becoming-Tree. An Alter-native, Arbo-real Line of Flight in World Literatures in English
Chapter 2: Pacific Perspectives of the Anthropocene: Trees and Human Relationships
Chapter 3: Becoming-botanic: Vegetal Forms of Mourning in Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home and Han Kang’s The Vegetarian
Chapter 4: Russian Bodies, Russian Trees: Examples of Interconnections between the Tree of the Motherland and the Soviet People

Part II Spiritual Trees
Chapter 5: Trees as the Masters of Monks. Some Observations on the Role of Trees in The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Chapter 6: The Ash-Tree as ‘Unwobbling Pivot’ in Pound’s Early and Late Poetry
Chapter 7: Seamus Heaney’s Arboreal Poetry
Chapter 8: Between Ecology and Ritual. Images of New Zealand Trees in Grace, Finlayson, Hilliard and Sargeson
Chapter 9: The Tree that Therefore I Am. Humans, Trees and Gods in Cosimo Terlizzi’s Cinema

Part III Trees in/and Literatures
Chapter 10: Flora J. Cooke’s Tree Stories: Progressive Education and Nature in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century United States
Chapter 11: Talking Trees in Amazonian “Novels of the Jungle”
Chapter 12: Gardens of Hell, Trees of Death: For a Poetics of Urban Nature in the Lyrics of George Bacovia
Chapter 13: The Poetization of the Exotic in Early 20th Century Russian Literature: Nikolaj Gumilëv’s Palm Tree

Part IV Trees in the Arts
Chapter 14: Mother Sequoia. Awaiting an Imperceptible Enlightenment Among Millennial Trees
Chapter 15: Performing with Spruce Stumps and Old Tjikko. On the Individuality of Trees
Chapter 16: Tuning and Being Tuned by a Patch of Boreal Forest: Works from the Boreal Poetry Garden, Newfoundland, Canada

Part V Trees and Time
Chapter 17: Tree Photography, Arboreal Timescapes and the Archive in Richard Powers’s The Overstory
Chapter 18: Family Trees: Mnemonics, Genealogy, Identity and Cultural Memory

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Carmen Concilio is an associate professor at the University of Turin. Daniela Fargione is an assistant professor at the University of Turin.


By: Carmen Concilio(Editor), Daniela Fargione(Editor)
312 pages
Publisher: Lexington Books
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