Ecopoetics Along Shorelines



April 27, 2018

Edouard Glissant writes that the poetics of Relation is “[a] poetics that is latent, open, multilingual in intention, directly in contact with everything possible” (32). This poetics involves “giving-on-and-with” (33), rather than comprehending in the sense of grasping (17, 26); see the translator’s note for more on this phrase donner-avec (xiv). Glissant writes that peoples “cannot . . . ‘give-on-and-with’ until they reach the point at which they go beyond assenting to their linear drive alone and consent to global dynamics—practicing a self-break and a reconnection” (33). Please choose one of these questions: Where do you see “giving-on-and-with”  happening in the world? Or: Do you see writers/thinkers we’ve encountered in this class “practicing a self-break and a reconnection” as Glissant’s talking about?

Delta Socio-natures, Shell On Acid, Lake Washington CV, State of the Green-Duwamish River 2016

April 19, 2018

The readings this week focus on environments, socionatures, and ecocultural landscapes that have been drastically modified by human engineering, pollution, and manipulation of biota. How do Alaimo, Sze et al., and / or the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe articulate what a restorative or justice-seeking relation might look like in the wake of these transformations?

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