On the Ecopoetics of Temporal Discernment

In this short article, I explore the ways in which literary studies, and in particular, the study of ecopoetry and ecopoetics, can contribute to current engagements with the temporal horizon of ‘deep’, geological, time. Drawing on the concept of ‘temporal discernment’ advanced by environmental philo...

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Published in:Worldviews
Main Author: Rigby, Kate
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2022
In: Worldviews
Year: 2022, Volume: 26, Issue: 3, Pages: 249-259
Further subjects:B Diane Pacitti
B ecopoetics
B temporal discernment
B James Hatley
B deep time
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Summary:In this short article, I explore the ways in which literary studies, and in particular, the study of ecopoetry and ecopoetics, can contribute to current engagements with the temporal horizon of ‘deep’, geological, time. Drawing on the concept of ‘temporal discernment’ advanced by environmental philosopher, James Hatley, I argue for the cultivation of an appreciation for plural temporalities (including the historical, ethical, immemorial, creaturely, contemplative and prophetic, alongside the geological and evolutionary), the lineaments of which I trace here in Diane Pacitti’s poetry collection, Dark Angelic Mills centred around the multi-layered history of the post-industrial, multi-cultural Cathedral town of Bradford in England.
ISSN:1568-5357
Contains:Enthalten in: Worldviews
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15685357-tat00003