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Introduction: Eco/Critical Entanglements

Introduction: Eco/Critical Entanglements Introduction Eco/Critical Entanglements katrina dodson Atmospheric disturbances hang over our heads a heavy sense of urgency, a series of alarms that ring out a global chorus of catastrophic proportions: economic collapse, pervasive terror, hysterical politics, ecological disaster. Has crisis become the defining mood of the twenty-first century? Or is this cultural anxiety the exaggerated production of an overactive media in an age of aroundthe-clock transmissions? Crisis has long been the defining catalyst of the modern environmental movement, which has gained momentum and legislative traction through its ability to communicate the plight of plant and animal species on a more immediately human scale.1 In the past decade, concern for the planet's environmental future has moved into mainstream consciousness most markedly through the issues of global warming (or climate change as the more encompassing term), overconsumption of limited natural resources, and the toxic saturation of everything from industrialized food systems and children's toys to Hungarian villages. Increasingly spectacular pressure points of environmental catastrophe--and their undeniable impact on human communities--have manifested these issues as no longer merely inconvenient or marginal to politics but constitutive of new legislative and social agendas. Still, genuine environmentalist ac- tion threatens to be subsumed by a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences University of Nebraska Press

Introduction: Eco/Critical Entanglements

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Introduction Eco/Critical Entanglements katrina dodson Atmospheric disturbances hang over our heads a heavy sense of urgency, a series of alarms that ring out a global chorus of catastrophic proportions: economic collapse, pervasive terror, hysterical politics, ecological disaster. Has crisis become the defining mood of the twenty-first century? Or is this cultural anxiety the exaggerated production of an overactive media in an age of aroundthe-clock transmissions? Crisis has long been the defining catalyst of the modern environmental movement, which has gained momentum and legislative traction through its ability to communicate the plight of plant and animal species on a more immediately human scale.1 In the past decade, concern for the planet's environmental future has moved into mainstream consciousness most markedly through the issues of global warming (or climate change as the more encompassing term), overconsumption of limited natural resources, and the toxic saturation of everything from industrialized food systems and children's toys to Hungarian villages. Increasingly spectacular pressure points of environmental catastrophe--and their undeniable impact on human communities--have manifested these issues as no longer merely inconvenient or marginal to politics but constitutive of new legislative and social agendas. Still, genuine environmentalist ac- tion threatens to be subsumed by a

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Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: May 6, 2011

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