Avenging Nature

Avenging Nature
Author: Eduardo Valls Oyarzun,Rebeca Gualberto Valverde,Noelia Malla Garcia,María Colom Jiménez,Rebeca Cordero Sánchez
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 259
Release: 2020-09-28
ISBN: 1793621454
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Avenging Nature Book Excerpt:

“Nature, thou art my goddess”—Edmund’s bold assertion in King Lear could easily inspire and, at the same time, function as a lamentation of the inadequate respect of nature in culture. In this volume, international experts provide multidisciplinary exploration of the insubordinate representations of nature in modern and contemporary literature and art. The work foregrounds the need to reassess how nature is already, and has been for a while, striking back against human domination. From the perspective of literary studies, art, history, media studies, ethics and philosophy, and ethnology and anthropology, Avenging Nature highlights the need of assessing insurgent discourses that—converging with counter-discourses of race, gender or class—realize the empowerment of nature from its subaltern position. Acknowledging the argument that cultural representations of nature establish a relationship of domination and exploitation of human discourse over nonhuman reality and that, in consequence, our regard for nature as humanist critics is instrumental and anthropocentric, the present volume advocates for the view that the time has come to finally perceive nature’s vengeance and to critically probe into nature’s ongoing revenge against the exploitation of culture.

Nature Prose

Nature Prose
Author: Dominic Head
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2022-08-15
ISBN: 0192698443
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nature Prose Book Excerpt:

Nature Prose seeks to explain the popularity and appeal of contemporary writing about nature. This book intervenes in key areas of contemporary debate about literature and the environment and explores the enduring appeal of writing about nature during an ecological crisis. Using a range of international examples, with a focus on late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century writing from Britain and the US, Dominic Head argues that nature writing contains formal effects which encapsulate our current ecological dilemma and offer a fresh resource for critical thinking. The environmental crisis has injected a fresh urgency into nature writing, along with a new piquancy for those readers seeking solace in the nonhuman, or for those looking to change their habits in the face of ecological catastrophe. However, behind this apparently strong match between the aims of nature writers and the desires of their readers, there is also a shared mood of radical uncertainty and insecurity. The treatment and construction of 'nature' in contemporary imaginative prose reveals some significant paradoxes beneath its dominant moods, moods which are usually earnest, sometimes celebratory, sometimes prophetic or cautionary. It is in these paradoxical moments that the contemporary ecological crisis is formally encoded, in a progressive development of ecological consciousness from the late 1950s onwards. Nature prose, fiction and nonfiction, is now contemporaneous with a defining time of crisis, while also being formally fashioned by that context. This is a mode of writing that emerges in a world in crisis, but which is also, in some ways, in crisis itself. With chapters on remoteness, exclusivity, abundance, and rarity, this book marks a turning point in how literary criticism engages with nature writing.

Women and Nature

Women and Nature
Author: Douglas A Vakoch
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-07-06
ISBN: 1351682407
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women and Nature Book Excerpt:

Women and Nature? Beyond Dualism in Gender, Body, and Environment provides a historical context for understanding the contested relationships between women and nature, and it articulates strategies for moving beyond the dualistic theories and practices that often frame those relationships. In 1974, Francoise d'Eaubonne coined the term "ecofeminism" to raise awareness about interconnections between women's oppression and nature's domination in an attempt to liberate women and nature from subordination. Since then, ecofeminism has attracted scholars and activists from various disciplines and positions to assess the relationship between the cultural human and the natural non-human through gender reconsiderations. The contributors to this volume present critical and constructive perspectives on ecofeminism throughout its history, from the beginnings of ecofeminism in the 1970s through to contemporary and emerging developments in the field, drawing on animal studies, postcolonialism, film studies, transgender studies, and political ecology. This interdisciplinary and international collection of essays demonstrates the ongoing relevance of ecofeminism as a way of understanding and responding to the complex interactions between genders, bodies, and the natural environment. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of ecofeminism as well as those involved in environmental studies and gender studies more broadly. ?

Mediating Nature

Mediating Nature
Author: Sidney I. Dobrin,Sean Morey
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 174
Release: 2019-10-31
ISBN: 0429678169
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mediating Nature Book Excerpt:

Mediating Nature considers how technology acts as a mediating device in the construction and circulation of images that inform how we see and know nature. Scholarship in environmental communication has focused almost exclusively on verbal rather than visual rhetoric, and this book engages ecocritical and ecocompositional inquiry to shift focus onto the making of images. Contributors to this dynamic collection focus their efforts on the intersections of digital media and environmental/ecological thinking. Part of the book’s larger argument is that analysis of mediations of nature must develop more critical tools of analysis toward the very mediating technologies that produce such media. That is, to truly understand mediations of nature, one needs to understand the creation and production of those mediations, right down to the algorithms, circuit boards, and power sources that drive mediating technologies. Ultimately, Mediating Nature contends that ecological literacy and environmental politics are inseparable from digital literacies and visual rhetorics. The book will be of interest to scholars and students working in the fields of Ecocriticism, Ecocomposition, Media Ecology, Visual Rehtoric, and Digital Literacy Studies.

Screening Nature

Screening Nature
Author: Anat Pick,Guinevere Narraway
Publsiher: Berghahn Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2013-11-01
ISBN: 1782382275
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Screening Nature Book Excerpt:

Environmentalism and ecology are areas of rapid growth in academia and society at large. Screening Nature is the first comprehensive work that groups together the wide range of concerns in the field of cinema and the environment, and what could be termed “posthuman cinema.” It comprises key readings that highlight the centrality of nature and nonhuman animals to the cinematic medium, and to the language and institution of film. The book offers a fresh and timely intervention into contemporary film theory through a focus on the nonhuman environment as principal register in many filmic texts. Screening Nature offers an extensive resource for teachers, undergraduate students, and more advanced scholars on the intersections between the natural world and the worlds of film. It emphasizes the cross-cultural and geographically diverse relevance of the topic of cinema ecology.

Making Nature Sacred

Making Nature Sacred
Author: John Gatta
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2004-10-14
ISBN: 0199883106
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Nature Sacred Book Excerpt:

Since colonial times, the sense of encountering an unseen, transcendental Presence within the natural world has been a characteristic motif in American literature and culture. American writers have repeatedly perceived in nature something beyond itself-and beyond themselves. In this book, John Gatta argues that the religious import of American environmental literature has yet to be fully recognized or understood. Whatever their theology, American writers have perennially construed the nonhuman world to be a source, in Rachel Carson's words, of "something that takes us out of ourselves." Making Nature Sacred explores how the quest for "natural revelation" has been pursued through successive phases of American literary and intellectual history. And it shows how the imaginative challenge of "reading" landscapes has been influenced by biblical hermeneutics. Though focused on adaptations of Judeo-Christian religious traditions, it also samples Native American, African American, and Buddhist forms of ecospirituality. It begins with Colonial New England writers such Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards, re-examines pivotal figures such as Henry Thoreau and John Muir, and takes account of writings by Mary Austin, Rachel Carson, and many others along the way. The book concludes with an assessment of the "spiritual renaissance" underway in current environmental writing, as represented by five noteworthy poets and by authors such as Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Marilynne Robinson, Peter Matthiessen, and Barry Lopez. This engaging study should appeal not only to students of literature, but also to those interested in ethics and environmental studies, religious studies, and American cultural history.

Pasture Landscapes and Nature Conservation

Pasture Landscapes and Nature Conservation
Author: Bernd Redecker,Werner Härdtle,Peter Finck,Uwe Riecken,Eckhard Schröder
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 435
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN: 3642559530
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pasture Landscapes and Nature Conservation Book Excerpt:

One of the main problems and aims of nature conservation in Europe is to protect semi-open landscapes. The development during the past decades is characterized by an ongoing intensivation of land use on the one hand, and an increasing number of former meadows and pastures lying fallow caused by changing economic conditions on the other hand. In several countries the estabishment of larger "pasture landscapes" with a mixed character of open grassland combined with shrubs and forests has been recognized as one solution to this problem. The book gives an overview of the European projects concerning to this topic - nature conservation policy and strategies, scientific results and practical experiences creating large scale grazing systems.

Images of Human Nature

Images of Human Nature
Author: Donald J. Munro
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-07-14
ISBN: 1400859743
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Images of Human Nature Book Excerpt:

In this volume Donald Munro, author of important studies on early and contemporary China, provides a critical analysis of the doctrines of the Sung Neo-Confucian philosopher Chu Hsi (1130-1200). For nearly six centuries Confucian orthodoxy was based on Chu Hsi's commentaries on Confucian classics. These commentaries were the core of the curriculum studied by candidates for the civil service in China until 1905 and provided guidelines both for personal behavior and for official policy. Munro finds the key to the complexities of Chu Hsi's thought in his mode of discourse: the structural images of family, stream of water, mirror, body, plant, and ruler. Furthermore, he discloses the basic framework of Chu Hsi's ethics and the theory of human nature that is provided by these illustrative images. As revealed by Munro, Chu Hsi's thought is polarized between family duty and a broader altruism and between obedience to external authority and self-discovery of moral truth. To understand these tensions moves us toward clarifying the meaning of each idea in the sets. The interplay of these ideas, selectively emphasized over time by later Confucians, is a background for explaining modern Chinese thought. In it, among other things, Confucianism and Marxism-Leninism co-exist. Originally published in 1988. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Nature Inspired Algorithms for Optimisation

Nature Inspired Algorithms for Optimisation
Author: Raymond Chiong
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 516
Release: 2009-05-02
ISBN: 3642002676
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nature Inspired Algorithms for Optimisation Book Excerpt:

Nature-Inspired Algorithms have been gaining much popularity in recent years due to the fact that many real-world optimisation problems have become increasingly large, complex and dynamic. The size and complexity of the problems nowadays require the development of methods and solutions whose efficiency is measured by their ability to find acceptable results within a reasonable amount of time, rather than an ability to guarantee the optimal solution. This volume 'Nature-Inspired Algorithms for Optimisation' is a collection of the latest state-of-the-art algorithms and important studies for tackling various kinds of optimisation problems. It comprises 18 chapters, including two introductory chapters which address the fundamental issues that have made optimisation problems difficult to solve and explain the rationale for seeking inspiration from nature. The contributions stand out through their novelty and clarity of the algorithmic descriptions and analyses, and lead the way to interesting and varied new applications.

Understanding the Rights of Nature

Understanding the Rights of Nature
Author: Mihnea Tanasescu
Publsiher: transcript Verlag
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2022-01-31
ISBN: 383945431X
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding the Rights of Nature Book Excerpt:

Rivers, landscapes, whole territories: these are the latest entities environmental activists have fought hard to include in the relentless expansion of rights in our world. But what does it mean for a landscape to have rights? Why would anyone want to create such rights, and to what end? Is it a good idea, and does it come with risks? This book presents the logic behind giving nature rights and discusses the most important cases in which this has happened, ranging from constitutional rights of nature in Ecuador to rights for rivers in New Zealand, Colombia, and India. Mihnea Tanasescu offers clear answers to the thorny questions that the intrusion of nature into law is sure to raise.

Method and Order in Renaissance Philosophy of Nature

Method and Order in Renaissance Philosophy of Nature
Author: Daniel A. Di Liscia,Eckhard Kessler
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2016-12-05
ISBN: 1351917951
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Method and Order in Renaissance Philosophy of Nature Book Excerpt:

The volume results from a seminar sponsored by the ’Foundation for Intellectual History’ at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, in 1992. Starting with the theory of regressus as displayed in its most developed form by William Wallace, these papers enter the vast field of the Renaissance discussion on method as such in its historical and systematical context. This is confined neither to the notion of method in the strict sense, nor to the Renaissance in its exact historical limits, nor yet to the Aristotelian tradition as a well defined philosophical school, but requires a new scholarly approach. Thus - besides Galileo, Zabarella and their circles, which are regarded as being crucial for the ’emergence of modern science’ in the end of the 16th century - the contributors deal with the ancient and medieval origins as well as with the early modern continuity of the Renaissance concepts of method and with ’non-regressive’ methodologies in the various approaches of Renaissance natural philosophy, including the Lutheran and Calvinist traditions.

Nature s Friend

Nature s Friend
Author: Lindsey McDivitt
Publsiher: Sleeping Bear Press
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2018-07-15
ISBN: 1534126457
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nature s Friend Book Excerpt:

2019 Green Earth Book Awards - Long List The art and writing of Gwen Frostic are well known in her home state of Michigan and around the world, but this picture book biography tells the story behind Gwen's famous work. After a debilitating illness as a child, Gwen sought solace in art and nature. She learned to be persistent and independent--never taking no for an answer or letting her disabilities define her. After creating artwork for famous Detroiters and for display at the World's Fair and helping to build WWII bombers, Gwen moved her printmaking business to northern Michigan. She dedicated her work and her life to reminding people of the wonder and beauty in nature.

Human Nature Justice Versus Power

Human Nature  Justice Versus Power
Author: Michel Foucault,Noam Chomsky
Publsiher: Souvenir Press
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2011-10-20
ISBN: 0285640836
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Human Nature Justice Versus Power Book Excerpt:

In 1971, at a time of enormous political and social change, two of the world's leading intellectuals, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, were invited by the Dutch philosopher Fons Elders to debate the question: is there an 'innate' human nature independent of our experiences and external influences? Their debate was one of the most provocative and original debates to have occurred between contemporary philosophers and serves as a concise introduction to their respective philosophical theories. While the debate began rooted in linguistics and theory of knowledge (the core interests of the two philosophers who are arguably the defining academic minds of the late twentieth-century) it became a much wider discussion, encompassing topics from history and behaviourism to creativity, freedom and the struggle for political justice. This is an intellectually exciting record of a meeting between two important philosophers and it also serves as the best possible introduction to the essential concerns and ideas of contemporary philosophy.

Streptomyces in Nature and Medicine

Streptomyces in Nature and Medicine
Author: D. A. Hopwood
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 261
Release: 2007-02-03
ISBN: 019515066X
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Streptomyces in Nature and Medicine Book Excerpt:

This book highlights the lives of a group of soil microbes that make most of the antibiotics used in medicine today. Written by an insider, it describes how genetics tells us how these microscopic chemists compete in the soil and how their genes can be rearranged to make new antibiotics to fight re-emerging diseases.

Saving Nature Under Socialism

Saving Nature Under Socialism
Author: Julia E. Ault
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-09-09
ISBN: 1009020307
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Saving Nature Under Socialism Book Excerpt:

When East Germany collapsed in 1989–1990, outside observers were shocked to learn the extent of environmental devastation that existed there. The communist dictatorship, however, had sought to confront environmental issues since at least the 1960s. Through an analysis of official and oppositional sources, Saving Nature Under Socialism complicates attitudes toward the environment in East Germany by tracing both domestic and transnational engagement with nature and pollution. The communist dictatorship limited opportunities for protest, so officials and activists looked abroad to countries such as Poland and West Germany for inspiration and support. Julia Ault outlines the evolution of environmental policy and protest in East Germany and shows how East Germans responded to local degradation as well as to an international moment of environmental reckoning in the 1970s and 1980s. The example of East Germany thus challenges and broadens our understanding of the 'greening' of post-war Europe, and illuminates a larger, central European understanding of connection across the Iron Curtain.

Times of History Times of Nature

Times of History  Times of Nature
Author: Anders Ekström,Staffan Bergwik
Publsiher: Berghahn Books
Total Pages: 380
Release: 2022-02-11
ISBN: 1800733232
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Times of History Times of Nature Book Excerpt:

As climate change becomes an increasingly important part of public discourse, the relationship between nature and time is changing. Nature can no longer considered to be a slow and immobile background to human history, and the future can no longer be viewed as open and detached from the past. Times of History, Times of Nature engages with this historical shift in temporal sensibilities through a combination of detailed case studies and synthesizing efforts. Focusing on the history of knowledge, media theory, and environmental humanities, this volume explores the rich and nuanced notions of time and temporality that have emerged in response to climate change.

Patterns in Nature

Patterns in Nature
Author: Philip Ball
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-04-05
ISBN: 022633256X
Category: Photography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Patterns in Nature Book Excerpt:

The acclaimed science writer “curates a visually striking, riotously colorful photographic display…of physical patterns in the natural world” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Though at first glance the natural world may appear overwhelming in its diversity and complexity, there are regularities running through it, from the hexagons of a honeycomb to the spirals of a seashell and the branching veins of a leaf. Revealing the order at the foundation of the seemingly chaotic natural world, Patterns in Nature explores not only the math and science but also the beauty and artistry behind nature’s awe-inspiring designs. Unlike the patterns we create, natural patterns are formed spontaneously from the forces that act in the physical world. Very often the same types of pattern and form—such as spirals, stripes, branches, and fractals—recur in places that seem to have nothing in common, as when the markings of a zebra mimic the ripples in windblown sand. But many of these patterns can be described using the same mathematical and physical principles, giving a surprising unity to the kaleidoscope of the natural world. Richly illustrated with 250 color photographs and anchored by accessible and insightful chapters by esteemed science writer Philip Ball, Patterns in Nature reveals the organization at work in vast and ancient forests, powerful rivers, massing clouds, and coastlines carved out by the sea. By exploring similarities such as the branches of a tree and those of a river network, this spectacular visual tour conveys the wonder, beauty, and richness of natural pattern formation.

Nature Color Illustrations Vol 5

Nature  Color Illustrations Vol 5
Author: Various
Publsiher: VM eBooks
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2016-08-03
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nature Color Illustrations Vol 5 Book Excerpt:

THE MALLOWS. EAGLE LORE. THE SNOWDROP'S PHILOSOPHY. THE GLADNESS OF NATURE. FLOWERS AND THEIR INVITED GUESTS. THE ASTERS. SCHOOL GARDENS. THE FLICKER'S MISTAKE. TIGER-LILIES. FLOWERS IN THE CRANNIED WALL. THE WILD YELLOW LILY. WHAT DO WE OWE THE BIRDS? TO THE VESPER BIRD. THE VESPER SPARROW. THE WORSHIP OF NATURE. BIRD-STUDY. THE OREGON JUNCO. THE CALICO BASS. THE GROWTH AND VARIATION OF FISH. THE ORIGIN OF THE FISH. THE BANANA.

Design and Nature

Design and Nature
Author: C. A. Brebbia,Lance J. Sucharov,P. Pascolo
Publsiher: Wit Pr/Computational Mechanics
Total Pages: 468
Release: 2002
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Design and Nature Book Excerpt:

Proceedings of the First International Conference on Design and Nature, held in Udine, Italy, Sept. 2002--Pref.

Nature and Design

Nature and Design
Author: M. W. Collins,Mark A. Atherton,J. A. Bryant
Publsiher: Wit Pr/Computational Mechanics
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2005
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nature and Design Book Excerpt:

Provides a comprehensive introduction to the common scientific laws of both the natural and engineered worlds. As well as straightforward engineering design and biology, it also features mathematics, physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, biomimetics, medical engineering and history of science. The individual chapters are intended to be personal flashes of illumination, combining authority, inspiration and state-of-the-art knowledge. [Publisher web site].