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Introduction: “Imagining Anew: Challenges of Representing the Anthropocene”

Introduction: “Imagining Anew: Challenges of Representing the Anthropocene” Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article-pdf/5/1/149/251769/149Garrard.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 31 March 2022 Environmental Humanities, vol. 5, 2014, pp. 149-153 www.environmentalhumanities.org ISSN: 2201-1919 Introduction: “Imagining Anew: Challenges of Representing the Anthropocene” Greg Garrard Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada Gary Handwerk Comparative Literature & English, University of Washington, USA Sabine Wilke Germanics, University of Washington, USA In this cluster of essays, a group of scholars from different disciplines—History, Comparative Literature, American Studies, and Literature and Media Studies—offers reflections upon a broadly construed question: what does it mean for the humanities to address the concept of the Anthropocene? We have, quite intentionally, included essays that vary with regard to materials and approaches. What they share is a concern with the challenges of representing a concept at once wholly abstract and alarmingly material in aesthetically, rhetorically, and ultimately politically efficacious ways. They share as well a conviction that the humanities, in their attention to the creation and critique of aesthetic objects, can play a significant role in heightening public environmental awareness. The problem they collectively address is a curious, but pervasive one in environmentalism: why does it seem that widely accepted science and widely shared framing paradigms have http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environmental Humanities Duke University Press

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Copyright: © the Authors 2014
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2201-1919
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2201-1919
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10.1215/22011919-3615451
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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article-pdf/5/1/149/251769/149Garrard.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 31 March 2022 Environmental Humanities, vol. 5, 2014, pp. 149-153 www.environmentalhumanities.org ISSN: 2201-1919 Introduction: “Imagining Anew: Challenges of Representing the Anthropocene” Greg Garrard Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada Gary Handwerk Comparative Literature & English, University of Washington, USA Sabine Wilke Germanics, University of Washington, USA In this cluster of essays, a group of scholars from different disciplines—History, Comparative Literature, American Studies, and Literature and Media Studies—offers reflections upon a broadly construed question: what does it mean for the humanities to address the concept of the Anthropocene? We have, quite intentionally, included essays that vary with regard to materials and approaches. What they share is a concern with the challenges of representing a concept at once wholly abstract and alarmingly material in aesthetically, rhetorically, and ultimately politically efficacious ways. They share as well a conviction that the humanities, in their attention to the creation and critique of aesthetic objects, can play a significant role in heightening public environmental awareness. The problem they collectively address is a curious, but pervasive one in environmentalism: why does it seem that widely accepted science and widely shared framing paradigms have

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Environmental HumanitiesDuke University Press

Published: May 1, 2014

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