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We Are the World? Anthropocene Cultural Production between Geopoetics and Geopolitics

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posted on 24.10.2019, 08:58 by Angela Last
The proposal of the ‘Anthropocene’ as a new geological epoch where humans represent the dominant natural force has renewed artistic interest in the ‘geopoetic’, which is mobilized by cultural producers to incite changes in personal and collective participation in planetary life and politics. This article draws attention to prior engagements with the geophysical and the political: the work of Simone Weil and of the editors of the Martinican cultural journal Tropiques, Suzanne and Aimé Césaire. Synthesizing the political and scientific shifts in human-world relationships of their time, both projects are set against oppressive or narcissistic materialisms and experiment with the image of the ‘cosmic’ to cultivate a preoccupation not (only) with a tangible materialism but with an intangible one that emphasizes process and connectivity across wide spatial and temporal scales. The writers’ movement between poetics and politics will be used to enquire what kind of socio-political work a contemporary geopoetic could potentially do.

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Citation

Theory, Culture & Society, 2017, 34 (2-3), pp. 147-168

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Theory

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

issn

0263-2764

eissn

1460-3616

Copyright date

2015

Available date

24/10/2019

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https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0263276415598626

Language

en