Vacuum Ecology: J.G. Ballard and Jeff VanderMeer

Acta Neophilologica

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Title Vacuum Ecology: J.G. Ballard and Jeff VanderMeer
Vakuumska ekologija: J. G. Ballard in Jeff VanderMeer
Creator Jerončić, Edita
Willems, Brian
Subject ecology, Anthropocene, J.G. Ballard, Jeff VanderMeer, modulation, plasticity
ekologija, antropocen, J. G. Ballard, Jeff VanderMeer, modulacija, plastičnost
Description J.G. Ballard’s novel The Drought (1965) reimagines an ecological dystopia into a strategy for how to live through the catastrophe of the Anthropocene. We suggest the term “vacuum ecology” for a literary strategy which represents a way to live in our current ecological crisis. Ballard describes how a near-total emptiness of time and space is one way to respond to a global ecological catastrophe. Using Ballard’s novel as a guide, our concept of vacuum ecology is developed along with along with the work of Jason Moore, Roy Scranton and others. In The Drought, the concept of modulation is suggested as the mechanism for change. At the end of the essay, Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation (2014), along with Catherine Malabou’s notion of destructive plasticity, is seen as challenging the idea of modulation with a strategy of intermingling. In short, both texts foreground the possibility of new kinds of change when concepts of time and space are questioned. This has consequences for the different beings we must become in order to live in the Anthropocene.
Roman J. G. Ballarda The Drought (1965) pretvarja ekološko distopijo v strategijo, kako preživeti katastrofo antropocena. Avtorja predlagata izraz „vakuumsko ekologijo“ za literarno strategijo, ki predstavlja način življenja v trenutni ekološki krizi.
Publisher Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakulte / Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts
Date 2018-11-21
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source Acta Neophilologica; Vol 51 No 1-2 (2018); 5-15
Acta Neophilologica; L. 51 Št. 1-2 (2018); 5-15
Language eng

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