Aesthetics as ecology, or the question of the form of eco-art
in Extending ecocriticism
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This chapter argues that 'art' and 'ecology' are terms with broad meanings which, when combined in the concept of 'eco-art', create an overwhelming array of possibilities, and make the problem of categorisation fundamental to eco-art. It considers attempts to classify the field, and suggests that, while they can be helpful, the full force of the problem of categorisation is better addressed by turning to the position given to aesthetics by phenomenology. Drawing on phenomenology, the chapter provides a way of understanding aesthetics as ecology. It looks at two examples of interested signification. First one indicates how aesthetics of ecology can critique and present alternative possibilities in response to a work that is already considered eco-art; the other shows how an artist might start given the infinity of possibilities available.

Extending ecocriticism

Crisis, collaboration and challenges in the environmental humanities


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