Marija Grech is a lecturer in English Literature and Critical Theory at the University of Malta, and a visiting fellow with the School of Humanities & Languages at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Introduction: Spectral Present, Specular Futures
Chapter 1: Preservation and Stasis: The Anthropocene Echo-Chamber
Chapter 2: Lithic Textuality: Reading and Writing Beyond Life and the Human
Chapter 3: Entangled Survivance: Material Inscriptions of Otherness
Chapter 4: Re-Reading the Nuclear Trace: Diffractive Paradigms for the Anthropocene
Conclusion: Rewriting the Anthroprocene
About the Author
Combining materialist and Derridean approaches, Grech’s book is a tour de force when it comes to thinking the Anthropocene away from the standard debates and arguments that continue to perpetuate human exceptionalism. This exceptionalism is powerfully challenged when Grech argues that the constructed boundaries between the human and nonhuman, living and non-living, organic and inorganic, biological and discursive are entangled. In making this argument, Grech, at the same time, convincingly and carefully critiques the uninformed dismissals of Derrida’s work as simply a cultural system of linguistic and language references that exist outside the material domain. Accessible, clear and beautifully written this book is a must-read.
Grech’s research is exemplary in its breadth and detail. Her ability to weave evidence from the sciences through more familiar approaches in the humanities offers a much-needed example of how a rigorous, cross-disciplinary exploration of ‘entanglement’ might be done. This book is timely and provocative.
Grech has a very good sense of the field, and while literature on the Anthropocene is reaching peak levels, this book still manages to carve out a space unique in its exploration of inscription (and the related notions of spectrality and survivance).