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Weak Planet: Literature and Assisted Survival

Wai Chee Dimock


Can vulnerability serve as an entry point to our recorded past and our projected future? What story does it tell about human and nonhuman life at a time when the large-scale harms of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore? Weak Planet begins with the exigencies of the present moment and traces a long history in response. Reversing our usual focus on masterful authors and hegemonic institutions, the book explores the precarious survival of literature as an assisted outcome, with implications for our collective future. Crowd-sourced authorship, subjunctive agency, and collateral resilien ... More

Keywords: assisted survival, climate change, mediating network, pastoral, tragedy, captivity narrative, non-tragic sequels, crowd-sourced authorship, collateral resilience, subjunctive agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226477077
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226477077.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wai Chee Dimock, author
Yale University

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Part One Revamped Genres

1 Still Hungry

Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie Edit Mary Rowlandson

3 Less Than Tragic

C. L. R. James, Frank Stella, and Amitav Ghosh Dilute Melville

Part Two Rebuilt Networks

4 Contagiously Irish

Colm Tóibín, W. B. Yeats, and Gish Jen Infect Henry James

5 Vaguely Islamic

Henri Matisse, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Langston Hughes, with Paul Bowles