This essay speaks for dirty aesthetics. Although aesthetic landscapes readily inspire environmental thinking, a case can be made for grappling with the truly local dirty matter right at hand. Dirt, soil, earth, and dust surround us at all scales: we find them on our shoes, bodies, and computer screens, in fields and forests, and floating in the air. They are the stuff of geological structures, of the rocky Earth itself, and are mobile like our bodies.
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Sullivan, H.I. (2012). Dirt theory and material ecocriticism. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, 19(3), 515-531. doi:10.1093/isle/iss067
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