JOSEPH MEEKER THE COMEDY OF SURVIVAL PDF

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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Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Contents Introduction to literary ecology The comic way Tragedy and related disasters Hamlet and the animals The pastoral and survivak picaresque New stories Dante and the comic way Toying with a play ethic.

Publisher’s Summary 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.

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Here, Joseph Meeker expands upon his consideration of comedy and tragedy, not as dramatic motifs for humor and sadness but rather as forms of adaptive behavior in the natural world that either promote our survival comedy or estrange us from other life forms tragedy.

Drawing upon centuries of western writing from Dante to Shakespeare to E. 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. Meeker then defines the tragic view of life, interweaving that behavior with exploitation of the environment.

With imagination and flair, the author also introduces the idea of a play ethic, as opposed to a work ethic, and demonstrates the importance of plays as a necessary and desirable component of the comic spirit.

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.

Full of provocative twists and turns, The Comedy of Survival is a book for literary critics, environmentalists, human ecologists, philosophers, and anthropologists. Many will find much to ponder in this clear explication of how we might become better stewards of theEarth. Nielsen Book Data Here, Joseph Meeker expands upon his consideration of comedy and tragedy, not as dramatic motifs for humor and sadness but rather as forms of adaptive behavior in the natural world that either promote our survival comedy or estrange us from other life forms tragedy.

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In this third major edition of his classic work, Meeker examines the role of literature in shaping such behavior. With imagination and flair, the author also introduces the idea of a play ethic, as opposed to a work ethic, and demonstrates the importance of play as a necessary and desirable component of the comic spirit.

The comedy of survival: studies in literary ecology – Joseph W. Meeker – Google Books

The Comedy of Survival is a book for literary critics, environmentalists, human ecologists, philosophers, and anthropologists. General readers, too, will find much to ponder in the author’s clear explication of how all of us might become better stewards of this, our home planet Earth. Nielsen Book Data Subject Human ecology in literature.

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