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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (4): 547–572.
Published: 01 December 2016
... Anthropocene E. M. Forster climate change apocalypse back to the land 15 Because “The Machine Stops” is so singular in Forster’s oeuvre—a fact all of its critics mention—few have noticed its connections with the novel. The only exceptions I have encountered are David Shusterman ( 1965 : 53), who...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (2): 191–205.
Published: 01 June 2022
... of the Anthropocene, on the other. It explores a series of entangled definitions of the Anglophone and the Anthropocene, including how each serves as an assessment of the uneven present, as a universalizing discourse, and as a force of temporalization. The essay contests the proposition that the key conceptual...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 137–157.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Ian Baucom Abstract Humanities scholars have given renewed attention to capitalism’s externalizations on our environment. The Anthropocene is a speculative epochal shift proposed by geologists to mark the accumulated effect of human industry on Earth’s future. The Anthropocene adds a layer...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (1): 128–131.
Published: 01 March 2017
...John Plotz References Jonsson Fredrik Albritton . 2012 . “ The Industrial Revolution in the Anthropocene .” Journal of Modern History 84 , no. 3 : 679 – 96 . Ruskin John . 1908 . “ The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century .” In The Works of John Ruskin , edited...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (3): 381–385.
Published: 01 September 2023
... geologists and Earth-system scientists in favor of designating an Anthropocene epoch—a marker of human-driven transformation in geological time—Menely’s emphasis on literary history distinguishes his contribution sharply from those of other scholars responding to the Anthropocene hypothesis, including those...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (3): 383–386.
Published: 01 September 2021
... by the chemists Eugene Stoermer and Paul Crutzen in 2002, the term Anthropocene , or “human age,” has elicited debate among geologists and humanists alike on the appropriate date of the age’s inception. Jason Groves makes a strong case that at least one cultural feature of the Anthropocene—the sense...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (1): 123–126.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., Duncan mounts a vital response to the conjoined disciplinary and planetary crises that see the humanities in decline in the midst of that new “human age,” the Anthropocene. The book’s central claim is that, in the wake of the Enlightenment sciences of “man,” which inscribed the human within natural...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (3): 335–339.
Published: 01 September 2019
..., and the Anthropocene” (Khalip 2018 : 9). When Romanticists become extinct, how might Romantic historicism persist? And on the other side of the projected end of the Anthropocene, what kind of historicism, or history, will remain? I ask these questions fully aware of their nonadequation with one another, as well...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (3): 307–329.
Published: 01 September 2013
... are presented with a peculiar variation on this dilemma, especially if, like Romanticists, they share their period with the Anthropocene, the time when human activities began to impact the earth in manifestly disastrous ways (Crutzen 2002). Did Romantic writers know that their planet was changing...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 119–136.
Published: 01 June 2015
... in this issue is part of an ongoing engagement with the Anthropocene, a concept borrowed from geological and climate sciences that describes the accumulated effects of human action since the Industrial Revolution on the planet’s future. By recognizing humanity as a geophysical force, the Anthropocene subjects...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (3): 393–399.
Published: 01 September 2021
... ( 2018 ) insightful take on the “Global Program Era,” Aaron Bartels-Swindells and Jane Hu’s (2019) generative American Comparative Literature Association seminar call for papers for “Comparative Realisms,” and Kate Marshall’s ( 2015 ) superb essay on novels of the Anthropocene, which draws on our special...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (1): 27–51.
Published: 01 March 2023
... Roy Scranton’s [ 2015 ] famous phrase) to “[learn how] to die in the Anthropocene,” to refuse projects of ongoing exploitation and instead go down fighting on spaceship Earth. Unlike Scranton—whom such figures as Andreas Malm ( 2021 ) have criticized for a fatalism that is politically defeatist...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (2): 137–140.
Published: 01 June 2022
... and book review. Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan’s “The Anglophone and the Anthropocene: Postcolonial in the Present Tense” offers a brief, exploratory argument on behalf of the strategic presentism of postcolonial studies in the face of the entwined linguistic and environmental degradation that defines our era...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (2): 250–256.
Published: 01 June 2020
... the centrality of the human in the global environment without resorting to the anthropocentric metaphors, including “the Anthropocene,” that continue to enthrone mind over body. The rhizomatic will to function systemically, inspired by Spinoza and shared throughout Levinson’s intellectual canon (her Spinoza...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 117–128.
Published: 01 June 2023
... close reading; the sociological turn in literary studies; the macro categories of the planetary, the Anthropocene, and “species thinking” in ecocriticism. Moreover, in modernist studies there has been increasing interest in “modest” and “weak” approaches to texts, as opposed to the metanarratives...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1959) 20 (3): 273–284.
Published: 01 September 1959
... could not countenance the voluntary abandonment of life which Caroline effected in order to be again with her dead child. Upon the death of her mother, one year before her own, she stated, still anthropocen- trically, that she felt the fall like the rift of the last close and natural...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (2): 219–241.
Published: 01 June 2020
..., concepts frequently used to explain this change—neoliberalism, the Anthropocene, digitalization—define the contemporary as a break with anything that has come before, cutting us off from the past, and a break without precedent, impairing our ability to predict the future. This is what distinguishes...