Green topology

Read Aslaug Nyrnes’ article Grøn topologi i Kultur & Klasse.

Green topology

A rereading of Virgil’s wheel

Nature is a complex phenomenon; it is both a physical object and a variety of cultural imaginations and representations. The current climate crises challenge the relationship between nature and language in radically new ways. This article examines an example of what we can call the green topology, figures that are part of, and shape the climate course. Virgil’s wheel is a topos from the Middle Age, traced back to the pastoral tradition of Virgil, presenting specific connections between literary style and topography. The question in this article is what perspective on nature is implicit in this thought figure. Do Virgil’s wheel as a topos challenge the dominant view on nature from the Romantic period? Can we understand

Vergil’s wheel in opposition to an anthropocentric world-view? If so, does Vergil’s wheel have ecocritic potential? The article draws on perspectives from ecocritical theory, rhetorical topological theory and Schiller’s philosophy on nature and the sentimental.

Maps and Mapping in Children’s Literature. Landscape, seascape and cityscape

Maps and Mapping in Children’s Literature is the first comprehensive study that investigates the representation of maps in children’s books as well as the impact of mapping on the depiction of landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes in children’s literature. The chapters in this volume pursue a comparative approach as they represent a wide spectrum of diverse genres and national children’s literatures by examining a wealth of children’s books from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the USA. The theoretical and methodological approaches range from literary studies, developmental psychology, maps and geography literacy, ecocriticism, historical contextualization with both new historicist and political-historical leanings, and intermediality to materialist cartographies, cultural studies, island studies, and genre studies. By this, this volume aims at embedding children’s literature in a broader field of literary and cultural studies, thus situating children’s literature research within a general context of literary theory.

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Ecocritical article on Pinocchio

Supported by ecocriticism, theories on the posthuman and characteristics of ‘the strange child’, this article examines how the illustrations in various editions of the Pinocchio story present the transformation from a piece of wood (nature) to boy (culture and nature). It also questions which conceptions of the relationships between plants, animals and humans the various representations may encourage.

Nina Goga: I begynnelsen var treet. Økokritisk lesning av omformingen fra et stykke tre til gutt i Carlo Collodis Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino (1883)