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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Be the first to ask a question about The Comedy of Survival. Meeker then defines the tragic view of life, interweaving that behavior with exploitation of the environment. The treatment of rape avoids all pornographic detail: Daniel Liddle rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Meeker also argues that this tragic way or mode of behaviour is a cultural artefact and somewhat “unnatural”.
Erika rated it it was amazing Dec 19, But even this is only partially true. This is a book we have been waiting for. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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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Joseh eBook available Amazon. His best known work is a study of comedy and tragedy from the mid s which are restated in this volume.
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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Siona rated it really liked it Aug 06, Meeker Snippet view – Feels like encountering a wise sage during a hike; he invites you to listen, alters your view of the world, leaves you renewed, and suvrival you wonder why you don’t explore nature more often.
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. Alvin marked it as to-read Sep 02, The comedy of survival;: The tragedy in Meeker’s essay is that he is convinced of its veracity to the exclusion of all others possible points of view: I bought this book at half it’s cover price at a book warehouse in Cleveland and while waiting to give a reading that night in that part of the city.
Contents The Comic Way. The Comedy of Survival: A unique blend of literature, philosophy, spirituality, and ecology that offers a fresh narrative of the human condition.
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comeyd When another late medieval Christian poet, Petrarch, climbed beautiful Mount Ventoux in cmedy France, it wasn’t to enjoy the natural landscape, but to get as far josrph from it as possible. Gone barren as those canyon places she was headed for. 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.
As a writer myself, I see the literary metaphors, allusions and comparisons quite clearly. Studies in Literary Ecology. Because comedy has not shared those assumptions, instead reflecting the need for humans to adapt to the external world in order to survive, he holds that it is a better model. Read more Read less. Mary rated it liked survifal Dec 28, Many will find much to ponder in this clear explication of how we might become better stewards of the Earth.
David rated it really liked it Nov 06, 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.
Kane marked it as to-read Oct 09, In the essay ‘Hamlet and the Animals’ contained in this volume, Meeker asserts that Hamlet tries throughout the play to avoid violence by converting ” In Search of an Tne Ethic. These ideas resonate and have a certain appeal. Since publication of the first edition more than twenty years ago, The Comedy of Survival coomedy 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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