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Rootedness: The Ramifications of a Metaphor

Christy Wampole


To be rootless is to lack context, and because the conditions of modernity have tended to remove context by extracting the human from nature, erasing traditions and collective memory, and promoting placelessness, the sense of being rootless seems more prevalent than ever. Why and how have we taken the metaphor of humans as rooted creatures so literally? This book explores the ways the metaphor of rootedness has been literalized in twentieth-century France and Germany, as these two nations are the epicenters of the transformation of the root metaphor, from its biological, positivist stylings at ... More

Keywords: roots, rootedness, France, Germany, nationalism, ecology, metaphor, radicality, context, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226317656
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226317793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christy Wampole, author
Princeton University