By Monique Allewaert
What occurs if we abandon the belief individual is a discrete, world-making agent who acts on and creates position? This, Monique Allewaert contends, is exactly what happened on eighteenth-century American plantations, the place exertions practices and ecological particularities threatened the literal and conceptual limitations that separated individuals from the normal world.
Integrating political philosophy and ecocriticism with literary research, Ariel’s Ecology explores the kinds of personhood that constructed out of latest international plantations, from Georgia and Florida via Jamaica to Haiti and increasing into colonial metropoles similar to Philadelphia. Allewaert’s exam of the writings of naturalists, novelists, and poets; the oral tales of Africans within the diaspora; and Afro-American fetish artifacts exhibits that people in American plantation areas have been pulled right into a internet of environmental stresses, starting from humidity to the call for for sugar. This in flip gave upward push to modes of personhood explicitly attuned to people’ interrelation with nonhuman forces in a procedure we would name ecological.
Certainly the chance that colonial lifestyles revokes human company haunts works from Shakespeare’s Tempest and Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws to Spivak’s theories of subalternity. In Allewaert’s interpretation, the transformation of colonial subjectivity into ecological personhood isn't really a nightmare; it's, particularly, a style of life earlier basically glimmering in Che Guevara’s dictum that postcolonial resistance is synonymous with “perfect wisdom of the ground.”
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Ariel's Ecology: Plantations, Personhood, and Colonialism in the American Tropics by Monique Allewaert