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Mastery of Non-Mastery in the Age of Meltdown

Michael Taussig


For centuries, humans have excelled at mimicking nature in order to exploit it. Now, with the existential threat of global climate change on the horizon, the ever-provocative Michael Taussig asks what function a newly invigorated mimetic faculty might exert along with such change. Mastery of Non-Mastery in the Age of Meltdown is not solely a reflection on our condition but also a theoretical effort to reckon with the impulses that have fed our relentless ambition for dominance over nature. Taussig seeks to move us away from the manipulation of nature and reorient us to different metaphors and ... More

Keywords: nature, mimicry, climate change, collapse, metaphor, performance art, D. H. Lawrence, Marcel Proust, Walter Benjamin, Georges Bataille

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226684581
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226698700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Taussig, author
Columbia University