Chapter 9: Dark Ecology and Black Comedy in Patrick McGinley’s Foggage

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Using Joseph Meeker’s comic ecological aesthetic and Timothy Morton’s work on “dark ecology,” this chapter reads Irish author Patrick McGinley’s 1983 novel, Foggage, as questioning, to bleakly comic effect, the categories of nature and the natural as well as the sustainability of morality based on presumed human superiority over the nonhuman. According to Meeker, diversity and equilibrium are the evolutionary gifts aligned to a comic vision that is enabled by a truly “eco” position, one that releases us from the tragic prison of the “ego.” Morton similarly endorses a radical humility as necessary to a revised relationship to the non-human.

From Ego to Eco

Mapping Shifts from Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism


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