The comedy of survival: studies in literary ecology. Front Cover. Joseph W. Meeker. Scribner, – Literary Criticism – pages. The comedy of survival: literary ecology and a play ethic. Responsibility: Joseph W. Meeker. Edition: 3rd ed. Imprint: Tucson: University of Arizona Press, c Meeker argues that the destructive aspects of western civilization are founded on the tragic mode, while the comic mode offers a path for redemption.

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But the links between literature and ecology have never been clearly delineated. Who’d read The Divine Comedy now without the Inferno? Many will find much to ponder in this clear explication of how we might become better stewards of theEarth. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Sabrina rated it it was ok Jul 23, Meeker also argues that this tragic way or mode of behaviour is a cultural artefact and somewhat “unnatural”.

No eBook available Amazon. Since publication of the first edition more than twenty years ago, The Comedy of Survival has been credited as the founding work in field of literary ecology, the study of relationships between the literary arts and scientific ecology.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. In this third major edition of his classic work, Meeker examines the role of literature in shaping such behavior. The prerequisite for tragedy, according to Meeker, is that the universe cares about the sufferings of these extraordinary tragic heroes. The comedy of survival: There is no direct threat in their manner or intentions regarding him In Search of an Environmental Ethic.


To be honest, I haven’t found something this worthwhile or in-line with my own observations and philosophies of how life works, should work, and sometimes doesn’t, since I read Kerouac’s On The Road at sixteen.

Erika rated durvival it was amazing Dec 19, Cher marked it as to-read Mar 12, Comedy is about avoiding conflict and always seeking a compromise such that would ensure your survival.

Wilson, he demonstrates the universality of comedy in both human and animal behavior and shows how the comic mode helps us to live in harmony with nature.

Full of provocative twists and turns, The Comedy of Survival is a book for literary critics, environmentalists, human ecologists, philosophers, and anthropologists. Within a growing body of environmental literature dealing with spirituality, ethics, ecofeminism, nature writing, and alternative lifestyles, Meeker’s is a one-of-a-kind book, combining elements of literary criticism, ethology, New Age thinking, and personal narrative.

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Ajoythambi rated it it was amazing May 24, Meeker cites the example of Hamlet’s verbal attack on Polonius and Guildenstern after the fracas of The Mousetrap. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


Contents Introduction to literary ecology The comic way Tragedy and related disasters Hamlet and the animals The pastoral and the picaresque New stories Dante and the comic way Toying with a play ethic. I highly recommend reading this Rachel marked it as to-read May 22, What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

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Trivia About The Comedy of Sur Drawing upon centuries of western writing from Dante to Shakespeare to E. At times, while I was reading I felt the book was talking about me. Be the first to ask a question about The Comedy of Survival.

From this, however, he infers that a medieval writer like Dante was th early “ecologist” because his writing repudiated the Classical world’s tragic view of human life as limited and mortal, and substituted a “comedic” Christian view of human life as leading to eternal bliss. Nayla marked it as to-read Dec 16, Animals that have the ability to kill meeeker opponent of the same species do not. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Studies in Literary Ecology.