Ecocriticism’s contributions to the current rejection of dualistic thinking are noteworthy, particularly when this interdisciplinary field concentrates on hybridity and “relations” that preexist essences. In this mode, ecocriticism participates in a broader development of “affnity studies” that encompass the many efforts across the disciplines toward reconfiguring our “intraactions” with the world in terms that avoid dichotomies and Newtonian linearity and that utilize instead nonlinear, nondualistic forms of “hybridity.” Hybrids, in Steve Hinchliffe’s words, are “more or less durable bodies made up of similarly hybrid and impermanent relations.
Axel Goodbody & Kate Rigby
University of Virginia Press
Sullivan, H.I. (2011). Affinity studies and open systems: A nonequilibrium, ecocritical reading of Goethe's Faust. In A. Goodbody & K. Rigby (Ed.), Ecocritical theory: New European approaches (pp. 243-255). Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.
Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches