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Mineral Imaginaries : Literature for the Anthropocene Groves, Jason


In response to the widespread arguments that the literary arts are inapt to convey or otherwise contend with the spatial and temporal scales of the Anthropocene, this talk embraces their humiliation as a way of figuring the intimate relationship between what pertains to literature and what pertains to the earth in a time of mutual dilapidation. To think through this relationship, I turn to two poems, by Bertolt Brecht and Paul Celan, whose lapidary commemoration of the violence and dispossession associated with the Holocaust also implicates that history and that literature in the broader colonial and imperial histories accounted for in recent articulations of the Anthropocene.

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