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Le chant de la matière pour désensorceler les modernes : vers une écopoétique du réenchantement à travers quelques romans des Appalaches

Abstract : Arguing for the need to re-enchant the world, that is, to sing in tune with the world, this paper dwells on ecopoetic readings of three contemporary, Appalachian environmental novels: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (2000), Strange as this Weather Has Been, by Ann Pancake (2007), and Above the Waterfall, by Ron Rash (2015). My aim is to probe whether humans might be attuned to the “song of the world” (Jean Giono), to “the song of the earth,” (Jonathan Bate), or again, to “the land’s wild music” (Mark Tredinnick). Keeping in mind that to enchant, from the Latin incantare, may mean to sing along with, or may refer to an incantation–to the action of casting a spell with sounds–this paper explores how ecopoetics relays the voices and rhythms of the living world in a way that affects our perception of it. My claim is that ecopoetics is needed to reverse the spell cast onto the world by modern science, a form of ensorcellment that, to take up ecofeminist Starhawk’s claim, has magically alienated humans from their environment, making us believe in humans’ exceptionalism and separation from the natural world. As a response to the problems tied to the Anthropocene, Appalachian ecopoets call upon us to cultivate the resilience inherent in our “naturecultures” (Donna Haraway), and to reinvent languages that can resist the illusion of living lives uprooted from the earth.
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Bénédicte Meillon. Le chant de la matière pour désensorceler les modernes : vers une écopoétique du réenchantement à travers quelques romans des Appalaches. Transtext(e)s Transcultures : Journal of Global Cultural Studies, Institut d'Etudes Transtextuelles et Transculturelles, 2018, Représentations de la nature à l’âge de l’Anthropocène, ⟨10.4000/transtexts.1202⟩. ⟨hal-02433654⟩

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