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Uncivilising the Anthropocene: Post-Environmentalism and The Dark Mountain Project

  • Author / Creator
    MacQueen, Jessica L
  • This thesis explores the post-environmentalist network of writers, artists, and thinkers known as The Dark Mountain Project. It does so by examining Dark Mountain as a literary and cultural phenomenon that has generated a burgeoning literary community and subculture of uncivilisation in response to ecocide in the Anthropocene. I implement a method of analysis drawn from the environmental humanities to examine the cultural dynamics of environmental crisis, with particular emphasis on the role of storytellers in shaping perceptions of the future. I utilize a comparative approach to measure the project’s emerging philosophy of uncivilisation against more established concepts in radical ecology, including Timothy Morton’s dark ecology and Deep Ecology. I introduce the concept of negative eco-aesthetics to describe the quality of darkness and negativity that characterizes Dark Mountain’s uncivilised writing, and demonstrate how such writing can reinvigorate our current inability to imagine possible futures beyond the current forecast of collapse.

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  • Graduation date
    2015-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3513V27H
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of English and Film Studies
  • Specialization
    • English
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Chisholm, Dianne (English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Imre Szeman (English and Film Studies)
    • Christine Wiesenthal (English and Film Studies)
    • Allen Ball (Art and Design)