From Material to Posthuman Ecocriticism: Hybridity, Stories, Natures


Oppermann S.

HANDBOOK OF ECOCRITICISM AND CULTURAL ECOLOGY, vol.2, pp.273-294, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Title of Journal : HANDBOOK OF ECOCRITICISM AND CULTURAL ECOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.273-294

Abstract

By highlighting the intersections between material ecocriticism and post-humanism, this chapter explores how ecocriticism is becoming more post-human and post-natural in its questioning of the entrenched notion of the human, as well as the blurred boundaries between inorganic and organic matter. Posthuman ecocriticism expands the material ecocritical vision of storied matter to critically discern the cultural implications of currently emerging posthuman agencies - such as synthetic matter responding to stimuli and exhibiting signs of spontaneous activity - that ostensibly transfigure human ecologies and material-discursive practices. With selected literary texts that are labeled posthuman novels, and bio-technological examples, the chapter aims to shed critical light on how posthuman ecologies accentuate the impact of bios-zoe-techno-eco-cultures in re-imagining what it means to be human, or non-human, in a world of hybrid configurations, strange natures, and stories.