Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment

Reading for Wonder

Ecology, Ethics, Enchantment

Authors: Willmott, Glenn

  • Offers a bold and compelling alternative to reading literature and art through the lens of wonder and not critique
  • Opens up wonder not as a theoretical approach but instead a vital mode of thought for educational, interdisciplinary, and environmental purposes
  • Discusses an abundance of source material stretching from ancient philosophy through twentieth-century literature and arts including King Kong, Life of Pi, and the works of Edgar Allan Poe
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  • Due: February 25, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70040-3
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  • Due: January 28, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70039-7
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About this book

In a world awash in awesome, sensual technological experiences, wonder has diverse powers, including awakening us to unexpected ecological intimacies and entanglements.  Yet this deeply felt experience—at once cognitive, aesthetic, and ethical—has been dangerously neglected in our cultural education.  In order to cultivate the imaginative empathy and caution this feeling evokes, we need to teach ourselves and others to read for wonder.  This book begins by unfolding the nature and artifice of wonder as a human capacity and as a fabricated experience.  Ranging across poetry, foodstuffs, movies, tropical islands, wonder cabinets, apes, abstract painting, penguins and more, Reading for Wonder offers an anatomy of wonder in transmedia poetics, then explores its ethical power and political risks from early modern times to the present day.  To save ourselves and the teeming life of our planet, indeed to flourish, we must liberate wonder from ideologies of enchantment and disenchantment, understand its workings and their ethical ambivalence, and give it a clear language and voice.


About the authors

Glenn Willmott is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University in Canada.  His work pursues ecological and economic messages in modern literatures and the poetics of comics.  Recent books are Modernist Goods: Primitivism, the Market, and the Gift (2008) and Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature (2012).

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: February 25, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70040-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: January 28, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70039-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reading for Wonder
Book Subtitle
Ecology, Ethics, Enchantment
Authors
Series Title
Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70040-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70040-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70039-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 226
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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