Bénédicte Meillon | Ecopoetics of Reenchantment | Lexington Press | 2022
Ecopoetics of Reenchantment: Liminal Realism and Poetic Echoes of the Earth tackles the reenchantment process at work in a part of contemporary ecoliterature that is marked by the resurfacing of the song of the earth topos and of Gaia images. Focusing on the postmodernist braiding of various indigenous and ecofeminist ontologies, close readings of the animistic and totemic dimensions of the stories at hand lead to the theorizing of liminal realism—a mode that shares much with magical realism but that is approached through an ecopoetic lens, specifically working an interspecies kind of magic, situating readers in-between human and other-than-human worlds. This book promotes a worldview based on relationships of reciprocity and symbiosis. It restores our capacity for wonder together with our sensitive intelligence. Liminal realism adopts a stance in-between scientific, mythical, and poetic worldviews as it calls attention to the soundscapes, odorscapes, feelscapes, and landscapes of the world. This monograph offers an original transdisciplinary and cross-Atlantic take on ecopoetics as it straddles the two academic worlds and sparks a conversation between artworks, theories, and studies emerging from the English-speaking world as well as from Francophone contexts.
Entangling the materiality of language back within the flesh of the world, this book and the texts under study provide insight into the fundamentally sympoietic dimension of ecopoiesis.
Table of contents
Part One: From Disenchantment to an Ecopoetics of Reenchantment
Chapter One: Disenchanted, Enchanted, and Reenchanted Worldviews
Chapter Two: Toward an Ecofeminist, Ecopoetic Project of a Rational Reenchantment
Chapter Three: An Ecofeminist Remystification of Narrative: The Many Faces of Gaia in the Anthrop-o(bs)cene
Chapter Four: Sowing the Seeds of an Ecopoet(h)ics of Wonder and Enchantment: Reincorporating Language and the Human into the Flesh and Song of the World
Part Two: Ecopoetic Reenchantment via Liminal Realism
Chapter Five: Why Liminal, Rather than “Magical,” “Spiritual,” “Mystical,” “Ontological,” or “Epistemological” Realism?
Chapter Six: Postcolonial Liminality and (Re)initiation into a Multispecies World: Moving betwixt and between Human and Other-than-Human Realms in Linda Hogan’s Power and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
Chapter Seven: Post-Pastoral, Non-Indigenous Thought-Experiments with Totemic and Animistic Liminality
Chapter Eight: Liminal Realism and Interspecies Thought-Experiments in Contemporary Fiction
Part Three: Writing and Dwelling Ecopoetically
Chapter Nine: Ecopoets and the Art of Anamorphosis
Chapter Ten: Postmodern Shamanism: Making Headway Toward Other-than-Human Perspectives
Chapter Eleven: Reweaving Word to World: Ecopoets as Instruments of the Sympoietic Song of the Earth
Chapter Twelve: Restor(y)ing and Rewor(l)ding: Writing in a Grounded Middle Voice
Chapter Thirteen: Translating the Song of the Earth: Reen-chanting Earthly Harmonies
Dans cet ouvrage traitant d’écopoétique et d’humanités écologiques, il est question de réenchantement, de réalisme magique et de liminalité, de notre intelligence sensible, des milles visages de Gaïa, de poétiques écoféministes, autochtones et néo-païennes, de l’entremêlement de paysages sonores, olfactifs, haptiques et gustatifs, de totémisme et d’animisme en dialogue avec le naturalisme, de mythopée, d’anamorphoses, de métamorphoses et de devenirs autres qu’humains, de chant et de danse du monde, des nombreux enchevêtrements entre les mondes humains et animaux, végétaux, élémentaux et autres.