Within the biological-ecological sciences from which the term Anthropocene emerged, “scale” has a longer history and broader usage than it does within the now-proliferating philosophical, critical, theoretical, and ethical discourses that address environmentalism, climate change, and the Anthropocene’s status as a sixth major extinction event. For the latter discourses, scale often refers to something “bigger” than we have ever previously encountered: climate change, for instance, as a crisis unprecedented in its scope and in the reorientation, or “reinvention,” of critical protocols that it is said to require. Given the unrelenting scale of such issues as climate change and of factors contributing to it, e.g., the shift from small-scale family farming to massive global-marketing industrial operations, must theory, too, as some suggest, undergo a transition from local and individual to global perspectives? In what might a global imaginary consist, and how might it relate to existing critiques of globalization as but a label for the hegemony of Western culture? Are broader understandings of scale available from within the ecological sciences and, if so, how might these serve as resources for the “greening of theory”?
Issue 51.3, 12 essays, 230 pages, $24.95 CAD
With topics ranging from the origins of Romantic lyric, bibliotherapy, and the aging body in Marguerite Duras on to genre theory, the afflictions of Wallace Thurman, psychopomp in James Joyce, the manipulative gaze of war representation, and the ethics of film adaption, we encounter an acutely divergent set of topics. This “melancholy spectacle” of non-coherence—a description Paul de Man once used to characterize a collection of his own writings (viii)—demands thought.
Issue 51.2, 12 essays, 216 pages, $24.95 CAD
The topography of the general issue is always rough and unpredictable. As the poet Trevor Joyce would put it, the granularity of every essay is different. The terrain is uneven, the content variable, and on the micro level all mapping gives way to terra incognita. Every general issue also has its high point: here especially the pages Joseph P. Vincenzo devotes to Nietzsche’s environmental aesthetics. In the present issue we have called upon “Zarathustra’s Animals” to introduce the fundamental problem, to perform a certain work, and to showcase and model a kind of relation to what Vincenzo isolates in Nietzsche’s texts as the “sensible particular (aisthētón),” “small things,” the “little that makes the best happiness.”
Issue 51.1, 12 essays, 224 pages, $29.95 CAD
The content of this general issue consistently brushes up against a loose and broadly defined notion of governmentality. governmentality—what Foucault also calls “the art of government” and describes as a poietics of governing—is closely tethered to a second notion he named the bio-political. With literature providing the basic crucible, these tensions are variously instanced, complicated and formulated otherwise in the essays collected here.
Issue 50.4, 11 essays, 200 pages, $21.95 CAD
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