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Sabine Lenore Müller

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This essay explores the environmental philosophy present in the works of the 20th-century poets Rainer Maria Rilke and William Butler Yeats. Based on a reading of central texts by Bruno Latour and Giorgio Agamben, I investigate the conception of the human self in poetry, pictured within processes of becoming, consummation and disappearance, never discreetly delineated over and against its environments, but in continuity with other species as well as ancestral traces and disincarnate presences. Modernist poetry performs a shift away from traditional enlightenment models of understanding the human self and its environments. In the case of Rilke and Yeats, a shift towards a deconstruction of the concretely delineated self goes hand in hand with explorations in occultism and environmental thought. What emerges in Rilke’s and Yeats’s poetry will be understood as environmental modernism—a term which this chapter attempts to define and make workable for the analysis of a wider scope of authors discussing the environmental constitution of the human self at the same time.

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Edited by Sabine Lenore Müller and Tina-Karen Pusse

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Sabine Lenore Müller and Tina-Karen Pusse

From Ego to Eco

Mapping Shifts from Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism

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Edited by Sabine Lenore Müller and Tina-Karen Pusse

From Ego to Eco – Mapping Shifts from Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism investigates philosophical, political and aesthetic formations of ecocentrism. Representing a variety of disciplines and testing a broad scope of critical approaches, the contributors of this volume argue that anthropocentrism is not - as often claimed - a predominant world view but, rather, a widely contested concept. Within various historical and national contexts, the individual contributors of this book discuss the significance and relevance of ecocentrism and offer new avenues to emerging discourses in the humanities.

Contributors are: Darrell Arnold, Roman Bartosch, Aengus Daly, Gearoid Denvir, Elisabeth Jütten, Karla McManus, Sabine Lenore Müller, Maureen O’ Connor, Lillis Ó Laoire, Helen Phelan, Tina-Karen Pusse, and Christian Schmitt-Kilb.

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Edited by Sabine Lenore Müller and Tina-Karen Pusse