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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 E. M. Forster’s Howards End anticipates an apocalypse. Many of the novel’s critics have noted this when scrutinizing its conclusion, in which Margaret and Helen Schlegel fret about the suburbs encroaching on Howards End. 1 Its...
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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
... of the Anthropocene (the geological era of human-wrought climate change) renders passé Mark Twain’s often-quoted remark that “everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” In his marvelously titled The Sky of Our Manufacture , Taylor points out that for a long time there has been one...
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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
..., the ecological, 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...
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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
.... Walter Benjamin wrote of an angel of history who is condemned to look back on the wreckage of civilization. Today, in the wake of both historicopolitical optimism and existential pessimism, notions of the Anthropocene present a fatal paradox: the effects of human industry have set in motion a geological...
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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 (2020) 81 (2): 250–256.
Published: 01 June 2020
... explaining 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...
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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
... things really have changed in the twenty-first century” (Adiseshiah and Hildyard 2013 : 3). Furthermore, 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...