The comedy of survival: studies in literary ecology. Front Cover. Joseph W. Meeker. Scribner, – Literary Criticism – pages. The comedy of survival: literary ecology and a play ethic. Responsibility: Joseph W. Meeker. Edition: 3rd ed. Imprint: Tucson: University of Arizona Press, c Meeker argues that the destructive aspects of western civilization are founded on the tragic mode, while the comic mode offers a path for redemption.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. Daniel Liddle rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Tragedy and Related Disasters. From this, however, he infers that a medieval writer like Dante was an early “ecologist” because his writing repudiated the Classical world’s tragic view of human life as limited and mortal, and substituted a “comedic” Christian view of human life as leading to eternal bliss.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Read more Read less. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Within a growing body of environmental literature dealing with spirituality, ethics, ecofeminism, nature writing, and alternative lifestyles, Meeker’s is a one-of-a-kind book, combining elements of literary criticism, ethology, New Age thinking, and personal narrative.

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Angela marked it as to-read Jul 29, The Future of Environmental Criticism: This is a surival we have been waiting for. Wilson, he demonstrates the universality of comedy in both human and animal behavior and shows how the comic mode helps us to live in harmony with nature. There is no direct threat in their manner or intentions regarding him Comedy illustrates that survival depends upon our ability to change ourselves rather than our environment, and upon our ability to accept limitations rather than to curse fate for limiting us.

University of Arizona Press, c I think that Hamlet’s motives for not acting and taking violent revenge are not expressions of redirected aggression.

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Jul 10, Christy added it. Here, Joseph Meeker expands upon his consideration of skrvival and tragedy, not as dramatic motifs for humor and sadness but rather as forms of adaptive behavior in the natural world that either josepu our survival comedy or estrange us from other life forms tragedy.

I highly recommend reading this This is more than a science, The author of this book derives his knowledge from ideally two separate disciplines English Lit. Meeker then defines the tragic view of life, interweaving that behavior with exploitation of the environment.

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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Reviews Some have even argued that ecology is and has been a legitimate humanist province. Many will find much to ponder in this clear explication of how we might become better stewards of theEarth.


Tragedy, Meeker says, is characterised by a struggle between the hero and forces greater than themselves. Carolyn marked it as to-read Dec 06, Environmental Crisis and Literary Tragedy and Related Disasters.

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Browse related items Start at call number: Meeker also claims that Hamlet might demonstrate redirected aggression. Subject Human ecology in literature.

The foundational work of comesy. The comedy of survival;: But perhaps we would do well to recall that copyright is a special right, not an inalienable one. Under the comic mode of behavior there is nothing worth dying for. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Miriam marked it as to-read May 04, Drawing upon centuries of western writing from Dante to Shakespeare to E. Leslie rated it it was amazing Sep 17, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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