Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self by Stacy Alaimo

By Stacy Alaimo

How will we comprehend the organization and value of fabric forces and their interface with human our bodies? What does it suggest to be human in those occasions, with our bodies which are inextricably interconnected with our actual global? physically Natures considers those questions by means of grappling with strong and pervasive fabric forces and their more and more damaging results at the human physique. Drawing on feminist conception, environmental reviews, and the sciences, Stacy Alaimo makes a speciality of trans-corporeality, or circulate throughout our bodies and nature, which has profoundly altered our feel of self. by way of taking a look at a huge variety of artistic and philosophical writings, Alaimo illuminates how technological know-how, politics, and tradition collide, whereas contemplating the closeness of the human physique to the surroundings.

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They thrust upward, hard and single in the darkness, awaiting their day of flowering. (96) The swooning repetition of “hard,” “thrust,” and “upward” drenches the canna with a musty maleness while divulging the girl’s eroticism. Against a long history of portraying nature as female, as a mistress or mother for a desiring or needy 3 8 | B o d i ly Nat u r e s male, Le Sueur puts forward remarkably fresh images of a robust male earth that women desire. The most sustained version of this trope occurs in “The Girl,” in which a priggish teacher drives through the Southwest and becomes, to her surprise, aroused by the landscape and a laborer.

Cosmetics companies, food manufacturers, automobile manufacturers, and others decorate their complicity in the (breast) cancer epidemic with that ubiquitous pink ribbon. —but are substances that betray human permeability and vulnerability. This disturbing sense of trans-corporeality is a universe apart from the glib call of the Susan G. ” (Susan G. Komen for the Cure website). The women in the photographs on the Komen website are inexplicably happy, perhaps because “awareness” is a comforting, mental, even ethereal, state; it is magical thinking to protect us from harm.

Your body is full of little birds singing as they fly. (ll. 19–22) Desire, in this poem, does not emerge from lack nor does it concentrate on the phallus, but, more akin to a Deleuzian intensity, desire as a positive force seeks out the lover’s body, which becomes a landscape replete with vibrant creatures. Le Sueur’s corporeal landscapes, rich with pleasures, contrast with the impoverishments of capitalism. In “Corn Village,” which is perhaps Le Sueur’s most complex meditation on the human relation to the land, Le Sueur asks: “What does an American think about the land, what dreams come from the sight of it, what painful dreaming?

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