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Material SpiritReligion and Literature Intranscendent$
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Gregory C. Stallings, Manuel Asensi, and Carl Good

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255405

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255405.001.0001

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“Come forth into the light of things”

“Come forth into the light of things”

Material Spirit as Negative Ecopoetics

(p.111) “Come forth into the light of things”
Material Spirit

Kate Rigby

Fordham University Press

This chapter turns to questions of ecology and argues that it is only by acknowledging the impossibility of art or literature to adequately represent the “things” around us that one can hope to unsettle the spirit-matter dualism complicit in an historical legacy of ecocide. It explores the Wordsworthian line, “Come forth into the light of things,” juxtaposing it with concepts from Silvia Benso and others, as well as extending it to a consideration of the work of contemporary ecologically focused poets such as Tim Lilburn. It is shown that the line is a call to a displacement of the subjective grasping of nature, a “call to a risky proximity with things” that carries a burden of ethical responsibility to the possibility of encounter with “the other than human”.

Keywords:   ecology, ecocide, Silvia Benso, Tim Lilburn

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