Reference : Thoreau and the Capitalocene
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Thoreau and the Capitalocene
English
Lombard, David mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > ISLV : Enseignements facultaires des langues étrangères >]
20-Dec-2018
Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory
Babeș-Bolyai University
4
2
Non-themed issue, 4.2 (December 2018)
20-34
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
2457-8827
Cluj-Napoca
Romania
[en] Thoreau ; Technology ; Capitalocene
[en] This essay will serve the double purpose of investigating the esthetic dimensions of Thoreau’s environmental philosophy as depicted in his classic memoir Walden (1854) while examining the philosophical and political implications of its tendency to break down the boundaries between the natural and the technological landscape. Although critics have tended to identify Thoreau as deeply rooted in an Emersonian transcendentalist and idealist tradition viewing nature as an organized and holistic “whole”, I will argue that Thoreau’s ecophilosophy seeks to reconcile the idealistic with the empirical pole and highlight the tensions between natural and technological objects and situations. I will start by studying how Thoreau approaches man-made technologies and develops a proto-ecocritical form of the sublime. I will also argue that a reconsideration of Thoreau’s poetics sheds a new light on the goals of environmental (non)fiction and urges us to redefine the concept of the Anthropocene as the Capitalocene.
Faculty of Letters
Babeș-Bolyai University
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/230448
10.24193
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