The comedy of survival: studies in literary ecology. Front Cover. Joseph W. Meeker. Scribner, – Literary Criticism – pages. The comedy of survival: literary ecology and a play ethic. Responsibility: Joseph W. Meeker. Edition: 3rd ed. Imprint: Tucson: University of Arizona Press, c Meeker argues that the destructive aspects of western civilization are founded on the tragic mode, while the comic mode offers a path for redemption.

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He purports that these characters are innocent even though they are allied to the king. What if all the male scientists swap data and you happen to be a woman? With imagination and flair, the author also introduces the idea of a play ethic, as opposed to a work ethic, and demonstrates the importance of play as a necessary and desirable component of the comic spirit.

When another late medieval Christian poet, Petrarch, climbed beautiful Mount Ventoux in southern France, it wasn’t to enjoy the natural landscape, but to get as far away from it as possible.

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Agarita, catclaw, mesquite, Spanish bayonet, tasajillo, prickly pear. Full of provocative twists and turns, The Comedy of Survival is a book for literary critics, environmentalists, human survivaal, philosophers, and anthropologists.

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Wilson, he demonstrates the universality of comedy in both human and animal behavior and shows how the comic mode helps us to live in harmony with nature. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. If you want an early ecologist, fast survivao a few centuries and read William Bartram. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Drawing upon centuries of western writing from Dante to Shakespeare to E. Since publication of the first edition more than twenty years ago, The Comedy of Survival has been credited as the founding work in field of literary ecology, the study of relationships between the literary arts and scientific ecology.

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Bgf marked it as to-read Mar 07, Then her whole flesh snapped. The comedy of survival;: Lists with This Book. Hamlet and the Animals. Cmedy to this book The Future of Environmental Criticism: From this, however, he infers that a medieval writer like Dante was an early “ecologist” because his writing repudiated the Classical world’s tragic view of human life comeey limited and mortal, and substituted a “comedic” Christian view of human life as leading to eternal bliss.

University of Arizona Press; 3 edition July 1, Language: The author advances “the comedy of survival” as an ecological concept, which makes a kind of sense, since organisms are always looking for a “happy ending” to their day-to-day attempts to stay alive. Many will find meekdr to ponder in this clear explication of how we might become better stewards of the Earth. Studies in literary ecology. Never hear a sound of English! But how unimportant they are when you look back at having read this book and see how well-defined and steel-sculpted we are as human beings, how resilient, stubborn or just plain dumb and unthinking we can be, as even the family pet.

Erika rated it it was amazing Dec 19, Tragedy and Related Disasters. They only cut her with softer knives.


References to this book The Future of Environmental Criticism: Contents Introduction to literary ecology The comic way Tragedy and related disasters Hamlet and the animals The pastoral and the picaresque New stories Dante and the comic way Toying with a play ethic.

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Wilson, he demonstrates the universality of comedy in both human cimedy animal behavior and shows how the comic mode helps us to live in harmony with nature.