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Fascicolo 2/2016

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Elisa Bolchi | Paola Nardi | Erica Maggioni | Elisa Ramazzina | Laura Bignotti | Davide Vago | Federica Locatelli | Vittoria Prencipe | Franco Lonati | Daniela Fargione | Francesco Toniolo | Caterina Allais | Costanza Cucchi | Sonia Piotti | Nataly Botero


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DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Elisa Bolchi e Davide Vago, Introduzione. L’eredità del pensiero ecologico 
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo André Bucher, Le Canyon
Si presenta qui un’intensa pagina di prosa letteraria tratta da La Montagne de la dernière chance, nella quale lo scrittore André Bucher descrive un rude paesaggio alpino, i cui elementi naturali (rocce, crepacci, acque e piante) sembrano animarsi, emanare grida allarmate, assumere compor¬tamenti non dissimili da quelli dell’uomo. Il vitalismo che anima la terra, anche nel senso delle urla che essa emette nei confronti della specie che oggi più che mai sembra minacciarla – quella umana – ci pare un’introduzione, sintetica e unitaria, ai temi che sono affrontati in questo nu¬mero monografico della Rivista, che porta il titolo Ecocritica ed ecodiscorso. Nuove reciprocità tra umanità e Pianeta. Questo testo ci è stato gentilmente concesso dall’Autore, che ringraziamo sentitamente.
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Serenella Iovino, Un po troppo incorruttibile. Ecologia, responsabilità e un’idea di trascendenza 
Prendendo spunto da un passo del Sistema periodico in cui Levi definisce Dio un “maestro di polimerizzazioni” che non ama le sostanze “troppo incorruttibili”, questo saggio discute il tema della responsabilità ambientale e della trascendenza in relazione all’ecologia. In particolare, ci si sofferma sul pensiero di H. Jonas e sul legame che connette l’idea di responsabilità ambientale in Das Prinzip Verantwortung (1979) al pensiero dell’impotenza di Dio in Der Gottesbegriff nach Auschwitz (1987). Il saggio si conclude considerando le implicazioni di questi concetti per le en¬vironmental humanities, in connessione con i discorsi sulla giustizia ambientale (la slow violence di R. Nixon) e le nuove ontologie degli iper-oggetti (la object-oriented-ontology di Morton). Idea fondamentale è che la letteratura, specie quando ci parla della materialità e del nostro rapporto con il non umano, è una voce importante nell’orizzonte immanente/trascendente del nostro essere ambientale.
Keywords: Environmental humanities, ethics, ecology, transcendence, Hans Jonas, Primo Levi
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Elisa Bolchi, An Air-conditioned Global Warming. The Description of Settings in Ian McEwan’s Solar
The three main settings of McEwan’s Solar, a novel described as “the first great global-warming novel” (Walsh 2010) are significant: from London, to the Artic Pole, up to the desert in New Mexico, these places are all described through the interior monologue of the anti-hero Michael Beard, a character allegorical of humanity’s greed for selfish over-consumption. As Beard moves in the real environment only through the non-places of supermodernity (Augé), the paper ana¬lyses the descriptions of settings to underline how McEwan uses them to write about climate- change in a new “novelistic” way (McEwan).
Keywords: Ian McEwan, ecocriticism, Solar, places, environment
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Paola A. Nardi, “Direction? … There was no direction. The prairie stretched to the end of the world”. American Land and the Pioneer Woman
Black Soil, a novel written by an Irish pioneer woman, tells about her arrival and settlement in the Iowa prairies in the second half of the 19th century. The goal of my essay is to investigate the strategies the immigrant woman Nell Connor adopts to survive on the American frontier.
Keywords: American West, the frontier, the Pioneer Woman, space, place, ecocriticism
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Erica Maggioni, “Earth! have they gone into you?”
An Ecocritical Reading of the Relationship Between Man, Nature and War in Isaac Rosenberg’s Poems

 

This paper considers some of the poems written by the English soldier-poet Isaac Rosenberg during the First World War in order to show his ecological awareness in the depiction of and reflection upon the devastating effects of warfare on the environment and on the man-nature relationship. By adopting an ecocritical perspective, his works will be studied in relation to con¬cepts of space and place, the peculiar features of the war zone, and the elaboration of the pastoral tradition. In conclusion, it will be suggested that the destruction of nature serves as a metaphor for the physical and psychological suffering of men.
Keywords: Isaac Rosenberg, First World War, ecocriticism, nature, earth
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Elisa Ramazzina, Man and Landscape in Old English Literature 
The purpose of this paper is to study the relationship between man and landscape in Old Eng¬lish literature starting from the assumption that, during the Middle Ages, landscape was not merely a physical space, but it was rather a complex dimension involving religious and moral aspects. Examples from poetic and prose texts will show how the natural world was usually hos¬tile and inhospitable. Mappae mundi will help determine how the Anglo-Saxons considered themselves in relation to the environment.
Keywords: Old English literature, landscape, mappae mundi, monsters, ecocriticism
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Anne Simon, Place aux betes ! Oikos et animalite en littérature 
Études animales littéraires fondées sur un socle interdisciplinaire originai, la zoopoétique per- met non seulement d’aborder l’animalité humaine, mais aussi d’interroger la possibilité pour le langage créatif d’exprimer des affects et des rapports non-humains au monde. Cette thèse, moins paradoxale qu’il n’y paraìt, conduit à envisager la littérature comme art du déplacement et du décentrement. Après avoir resitué la zoopoétique frammise dans l’histoire de l’Ecocriticism et des Animal Studies anglo-saxonnes, la contribution montrera qu’une poétique du vivant est une affaire de perspectives, de tempos et de formes. La conclusion évoquera la dimension politique d’une zoopoétique qui est toujours, aussi, une zoopoéthique.
Keywords : animal studies, anthropocentrism, ecocriticism, zoopoetics
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Pierre Schoentjes, L’écopoétique : quand ‘Terre’ résonne dans ‘littérature’ 
Revenant sur les enjeux esquissés dans Ce qui a lieu : essai d’écopoétique (2015), cette contribu¬tion interroge la manière dont la littérature contemporaine fait une place aux enjeux environne- mentaux. Elle esquisse comment la recherche universitaire peut embrayer sur cette actualité en continuant à faire une place centrale aux enjeux esthétiques, à coté des enjeux éthiques. L’imagi- naire littéraire sera un levier d’autant plus puissant dans la prise de conscience environnementale qu’il sera porté par une forme exigeante, et qui prend le risque de l’expérimentation.
Keywords : environment, écopoétique, ecocriticism, contemporary French literature
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Elisa Ramazzina, Man and Landscape in Old English Literature
The purpose of this paper is to study the relationship between man and landscape in Old Eng¬lish literature starting from the assumption that, during the Middle Ages, landscape was not merely a physical space, but it was rather a complex dimension involving religious and moral aspects. Examples from poetic and prose texts will show how the natural world was usually hostile and inhospitable. Mappae mundi will help determine how the Anglo-Saxons considered themselves in relation to the environment.
Keywords: Old English literature, landscape, mappae mundi, monsters, ecocriticism
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Laura Bignotti, Barthold H. Brockes: ein aufklärerischer Umweltschützer? Die poetische
Wiederentdeckung der Schöpfung im Irdischen Vergnügen in Gott
Barthold H. Brockes’ poetry collection Irdisches Vergnugen in Gott (1721-1748) proposes a joy¬ful celebration of every element of Creation. Influenced by the English physico-theology, this work contributed to spread a new, positive perception of immanent reality, no longer condi¬tioned by baroque pessimism. If considered in an ecocritical perspective, these poems can be extremely relevant even today: the deep and reverent admiration for nature they express, orig¬inally geared towards the celebration of God, has the potential to point today’s readers to an empathetic and responsible relationship with nature.
Keywords: Barthold H. Brockes, nature poetry, physicotheology, ecocriticism, Irdisches Vergnugen in Gott
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Davide Vago, La « porosité » du réel : sur quelques stratégies stylistiques d’André Bucher
Certaines stratégies langagières mises en reuvre par André Bucher sont aptes à suggérer la per- méabilité du réel, vu que l’homme, l’animal et les forces naturelles sont des actants interdépen- dants dans sa fiction. Des configurations de style tentent de suggérer les enjeux de cette interver¬sion environnementale : la personnification des éléments naturels à l’aide de métaphores filées ou de la catachrèse tente de restituteur un vocabulaire propre à l’animal. Néanmoins, en estompant un lyrisme excessif, Bucher insiste sur le fait que le plan de l’homme est incommensurable à celui de la nature.
Keywords: André Bucher, porosity, stylistic structure, catachresis, plan of nature
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Federica Locatelli, Poétiquement toujours, les Écologiques de Michel Deguy. Entretien, réflexions
« Dirons-nous que le monde est devenu pour moi inhabitable ? Est-ce que le monde va finir ? » : telle était la crainte de Charles Baudelaire, dont témoignent ses journaux intimes. Michel Deguy, poète, philosophe et critique, se pose des questions similaires dans ses essais parus aux éditions Hermann entre 2009 et 2012, Fin dans le monde et Ècologiques. Cest surtout ce dernier ouvrage qui fait l’objet de lentretien que nous proposons et de l’analyse qui suit: nous montrerons ainsi comment le discours poétique et les logies de l’oikos se relient par une similarité profonde : prenant les choses « radicalement », c’est-à-dire à la racine, ils nous aident à comprendre et à perpétuer notre « habitacle transitoire ».
Keywords: Michel Deguy, ecology, logos, world, dwelling
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Vittoria Prencipe, La natura impervia come strada verso la virtù. La figura di Catone
nel IX libro del Bellum civile
La relazione tra uomo e natura è indagata da svariati punti di vista, oggi come nell’antichità, come si evince dalla breve riflessione sul tema riportata nel primo paragrafo del saggio, che sarà incentrato, per il resto, su una sola delle visioni emerse nella letteratura e nella filosofia greca e latina antica.
Keywords: Ancient literature, role of nature, Cato, concept of virtue
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Franco Lonati, I wish no living thing to suffer pain . Percy Bysshe Shelley e la dieta vegetariana
Percy Bysshe Shelley è stata forse la prima celebrità vegetariana dell’età moderna e certamente uno dei primi autori che ha affrontato, con la forza della sua erudizione e la passione della sua retorica, il tema della dieta naturale, non solo illustrandone i presunti benefici fisici, ma anche fornendo una giustificazione filosofica, e rivendicando l’importanza etica, di una scelta radicale. Shelley è diven¬tato, non a caso, una sorta di nume tutelare e di ideologo di riferimento dei movimenti vegetariani e vegani che negli ultimi anni hanno conquistato sempre più adepti, e citazioni tratte dalle sue opere compaiono immancabilmente sui più popolari siti specializzati. L’articolo considera le radici e lo sviluppo del vegetarianesimo di Shelley attraverso l’analisi di Queen Mab e delle note all’opera poi pubblicate col titolo A Vindication ofNaturalDiet (1813), per riflettere sull’attualità delle teorie di un poeta/filosofo sorprendentemente in anticipo sui tempi.
Keywords: diet, nature, Shelley, vegetarianism, veganism
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Elena Past, Volcanic Matters: Magmatic Cinema, Ecocriticism, and Italy
Return to the Aeolian Islands (Fughe e approdi, 2010) chronicles director Giovanna Taviani’s journey to the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago off the coast of Sicily and setting for a host of films. Return documents the islands’ geological past in a study of ecological, and not just cinematic history. This essay begins to unravel the threads of a magmatic Aeolian landscape where volcanoes, cinema, and memory collaborate in the creation of more-than-human stories.
Keywords: Italian cinema, ecocriticism, volcanoes, Aeolian Islands, Giovanna Taviani, posthumanism
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Daniela Fargione, The Rhetoric of Seduction, the Aesthetics of Waste, and Ecopornography in Edward Burtynsky’s Shipbreaking
This article analyzes Edward Burtynsky’s Shipbreaking (2009), a controversial photographic project that inquires into the representation of environmental corruption and economic ex¬ploitation faced by disenfranchised communities. The controversy depends on the incongruity between the aesthetization of the gritty subject matter the photographs exhibit (the waste of the world and human waste) and the artist’s stylistic strategy, which may improperly be seen as an example of ecopornography.
Keywords: ecocriticism, environmental justice, aesthetics ofwaste, ecopornography, Edward Burtynsky
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Francesco Toniolo, Natura di guerra. Possibilità ecocritiche sullo sfondo dei videogiochi strategici
Una possibile lettura ecocritica di tre videogiochi strategici in tempo reale, ambientati in con¬testi differenti (uno storico, uno fantasy e uno fantascientifico), per individuare, sullo sfondo di un genere dominato dall’ideologia dello scontro bellico, un rapporto del videogiocatore e delle civiltà in gioco con l’ambiente.
Keywords: videogames, environment, RTS, ecocriticism, war games
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Caterina Allais, An Exploratory Analysis of ScienceBlog
A recent international project, Investigating Interdisciplinary Research Discourse, carried out at the Centre for Corpus Research (University of Birmingham) investigates the entire holdings of the journal Global Environmental Change as a model of interdisciplinary discourse (http://paulslals. org.uk/IDRD/). Another international research project carried out by the University ofLeicester and by two Norwegian research centres (University of Bergen and Uni research) regards the repre¬sentations of the future in English language blogs on climate changes. But what lexical features are employed as regards the new and increasingly widespread ecological sensibility? Do they carry a positive or a negative connotation? This question will be answered through an exploratory lexical analysis carried out on Scienceblog, a recent corpus of 103,175,233 words not yet investigated, which comprises a selection of posts and comments from the scienceblogs.com website, published from 2006 to 2014, now available on the online query system SketchEngine.
Keywords: corpus linguistics, ScienceBlog, Sketchengine, environment, lexical analysis
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Costanza Cucchi and Sonia Piotti, Eco-fashion Lexicon: a Never-ending Story?
Due to increased awareness of ecological and environmental issues and greater integrity by the fashion industry, the terms ‘ecofashion’, ‘ethical fashion’ and ‘sustainable fashion’ have recently been gaining popularity to refer to garments which are designed and manufactured supporting ethnic communities and without harming the environment. New terms, such as ‘environmental’, ‘green’, ‘ecological’, ‘eco-friendly’, ‘sustainable’, ‘recycled’ and ‘organic’ have been used to qualify both garments and production practices, to the point that Hanlon (2009) observed that the potential creativity of language in the field of sustainable fashion “is never-ending”.
However, fashion experts as well as fashion scholars pointed out that the exact meaning of the terms related to the ecofashion movement is not always clear. This study aims to explore the lex¬icon of eco fashion from a purely linguistic perspective. Results support with linguistic evidence the claims regarding the cross-fertilisation of the terms related to the ecofashion movement and, in some cases, their lack of clarity.
Keywords: ecofashion lexicon, sustainable fashion, English lexicology, English lexicography
DOWNLOAD dell'articolo Nataly Botero, Strategies argumentatives dans la presse ecologiste fran^aise : métaphores, jeux de mots et détournements
Nous proposons d’analyser la médiatisation en France des enjeux environnementaux à travers la presse écologiste. Ces publications se caractérisent par des formulations nourries d’images dis- cursives, de métaphores et de métonymies, de détournements, dexploitation d’implicites et de jeux de mots qu’il s’agit d’étudier non seulement sur le plan des effets de style mais comme une véritable stratégie argumentative mise en place par ce type de presse.
Keywords : French ecological media, discourse analysis, metaphors, argumentation
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