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Exterranean: Extraction in the Humanist Anthropocene

Phillip John Usher


Exterranean is a book about the extraction of stuff from the Earth, a process in which matter goes from being sub to exterranean. By opening up a rich archive of specifically nonmodern texts and images, this work offers a bracing riposte to several critical trends in ecological thought. Eschewing the self-congratulatory claims of posthumanism, instead engineering conceptual clashes between the materially situated homo of nonmodern humanism and the abstract and aggregated anthropos of the Anthropocene, arguing against the omnipresence of Earthrise-like globes in attempts to think at planetary s ... More

Keywords: Anthropocene, ecocriticism, ecology, environment, humanism, Latour, posthumanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823284221
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823284221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip John Usher, author
New York University