Arcadiana

A Blog about Literature, Culture and the Environment

Summary of the 17th EASLCE Webinar: Transversal Aesthetics

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On 2 March, a group of aspiring ecocritics joined Dr André Krebber (University of Kassel, Germany) to discuss the interrelation of aesthetics and the non-human. The different readings and cultural productions elicited a lively conversation about the possibilities of aesthetics beyond the human, speciecism, perception, imitation, and other aspects.

The Economy of Francesco: How to Repair the ‘Common Home’

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Francesco, va’ e ripara la mia casa;Now go, Francesco, and repair my house(From The Major Legend, St. Bonaventure, XIII century) Image by Josh Applegate on Unsplash Conference Review For those who still consider him as the saint who talked to animals, or, as historian Lynn White Jr. suggests, “the patron saint of ecologists” (14), it …

Dreaming of Home

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Review of Cara Judea Alhadeff’s ‘Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle: A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene’ (Elfrig Publishing, 2017; www.zazudreams.com)

Teaching Information Literacy in a Class on Global Environmental Justice

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My class on Literatures of Global Environmental Justice was envisioned in the context of a global pandemic and a lockdown when misinformation about COVID-19 was being spread by the then US president with disastrous consequences for public health and safety. It was a moment that reminded me that teaching students the importance of information literacy was more urgent than ever, if we were to think of an environmentally just society.

Αρκαδία, Here We Go Again: A Journey from ‘Pastoral’ to ‘Post-Pastoral’. And Beyond.

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Image by Judith Prins on Unsplash “Small pleasures must correct great tragedies” V. Sackville-West, The Garden, 1946 It has not been long since I first decided to devote (at least) three years of my life to the study of pastoral poetry. I remember that I was reading The Land (1926), the delightful – and often …

The Chernobyl TV Series and the Impossibility of (Narrative) Closure

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The 2019 HBO mini-series Chernobyl has been praised as the best series of all times. Its account of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Ukraine and the fates of those dealing with its aftermath touched millions of viewers – but something about the appraising reviews of the series rubbed me the wrong way. It is true that the series is “as stunning as it is gripping”, as a Guardian review by Rebecca Nicholson revels (2019).