Dwellings of Enchantment | B. Meillon dir. | Lexington Books | 2020
Dwellings of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the Earth, Lexington Books, Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series, 2020
EDITED BY BÉNÉDICTE MEILLON
CONTRIBUTIONS BY JONI ADAMSON; ISABEL MARIA FERNANDES ALVES; FRANÇOISE BESSON; CLAIRE CAZAJOUS-AUJÉ; ANTONIO CUADRADO-FERNANDEZ; CARMEN FLYS-JUNQUERA; YVES-CHARLES GRANDJEAT; WENDY HARDING; LINDA HOGAN; CHARLES HOLDEFER; ALAN G. JOHNSON; TOM LYNCH; JOSHUA MABIE; JESSICA MAUFORT; BÉNÉDICTE MEILLON; NOÉMIE MOUTEL; RACHEL HOSCIN NISBET; RANDAL ROORDA; ANNE SIMON AND FRÉDÉRIQUE SPILL
Dwellings of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the Earth offers ecocritical and ecopoetic readings that focus on multispecies dwellings of enchantment and reenchant our rapport with the more-than-human world. It sheds light on the marvelous entanglements between humans and other life forms coexisting with us–entanglements that, when fully perceived, call onto humans to shift perspectives on both the causes and solutions to current ecological crises. Working against the disenchantment of humans’ relationships with and perceptions of the world entailed by a modern ontology, this book illustrates the power of ecopoetics to attune humans to the vibrant matter both within and outside of us. Braiding indigenous with non-indigenous worldviews, this book tackles ecopoetics emerging from varying locations in the world. It underscores the postmodernist, remythologizing processes going on in many ecopoetic texts, via magical realist modes and mythopoeia.
The diverse and nuanced essays of this superb collection demonstrate a shared ecopoetic truth: the more fully we humans dwell among the non-humans of our world, the greater their capacity to reenchant our imaginations and to remake us in their image.
— Terry Harpold, Associate Professor of English and Director of Imagining Climate Change, University of Florida
Tracing the intersecting maps of human creativity and material imagination, Dwellings on Enchantment does justice to the inner chanting of the planet. This book is a therapy against the isolation of the human self, pointing out possible antidotes to the “great derangement” of the Anthropocene.
— Serenella Iovino, Professor of Italian Studies and Environmental Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, co-editor of Material Ecocriticism
Perhaps it is not the earth itself that requires reenchantment but rather the human spirit. This exciting collection explores how ecocriticism and literary expression seek to inspire the mind to recognize the beauty and mystery of a planet that has never ceased to be enchanting.
— Scott Slovic, University Distinguished Professor of Environmental Humanities, University of Idaho
To challenge the ongoing dis-enchantment of more-than-human environments and the dispassionate road humanity has taken, the essays in this impressive volume highlight the significance of humanity’s internal relations with all planetary life, inviting us to reenchant the world now struggling in the darkness of the Anthropocene.
— Serpil Oppermann, Professor of Environmental Humanities, Environmental Humanities Center, Cappadocia