Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self

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Indiana University Press, Oct 25, 2010 - Philosophy - 210 pages
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How do we understand the agency and significance of material forces and their interface with human bodies? What does it mean to be human in these times, with bodies that are inextricably interconnected with our physical world? Bodily Natures considers these questions by grappling with powerful and pervasive material forces and their increasingly harmful effects on the human body. Drawing on feminist theory, environmental studies, and the sciences, Stacy Alaimo focuses on trans-corporeality, or movement across bodies and nature, which has profoundly altered our sense of self. By looking at a broad range of creative and philosophical writings, Alaimo illuminates how science, politics, and culture collide, while considering the closeness of the human body to the environment.

 

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Contents

1 Bodily Natures
1
2 Eros and Xrays
27
3 Invisible Matters
61
4 Material Memoirs
85
5 Deviant Agents
113
6 Genetics Material Agency and the Evolution of Posthuman Environmental Ethics in Science Fiction
141
Notes
159
Works Cited
173
Index
189
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Stacy Alaimo is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is author of Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space and editor (with Susan Hekman) of Material Feminisms (IUP, 2008).

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