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'Through the eyes of Area X' : (Dis)locating ecological hope via new Weird spatiality

Gry Ulstein (UGent)
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Abstract
With Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy (2014) as a case study, this chapter argues that the new weird plays with narrative perspectives and other literary strategies in order to interrogate and evolve old weird tropes and conventions. In this way, the new weird moves beyond nihilism and cosmic dread, and therefore stands to generate a more hopeful response to the environmental crisis. Both old and new weird spatiality focus on the unknown, nonhuman outside intruding into human reality and threatening human subjectivity. This chapter argues that the new weird imbues such nonhuman encounters with a fraught hope for a world after the destabilization of the human subject, offering new perspectives on how to navigate the increasingly weirded time of the Anthropocene.

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MLA
Ulstein, Gry. “’Through the Eyes of Area X’ : (Dis)Locating Ecological Hope via New Weird Spatiality.” Spaces and Fictions of the Weird and the Fantastic : Ecologies, Geographies, Oddities, edited by Julius Greve and Florian Zappe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 129–47.
APA
Ulstein, G. (2019). ’Through the eyes of Area X’ : (Dis)locating ecological hope via new Weird spatiality. In J. Greve & F. Zappe (Eds.), Spaces and fictions of the weird and the fantastic : ecologies, geographies, oddities (pp. 129–147). Palgrave Macmillan.
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Ulstein, Gry. 2019. “’Through the Eyes of Area X’ : (Dis)Locating Ecological Hope via New Weird Spatiality.” In Spaces and Fictions of the Weird and the Fantastic : Ecologies, Geographies, Oddities, edited by Julius Greve and Florian Zappe, 129–47. Palgrave Macmillan.
Chicago author-date (all authors)
Ulstein, Gry. 2019. “’Through the Eyes of Area X’ : (Dis)Locating Ecological Hope via New Weird Spatiality.” In Spaces and Fictions of the Weird and the Fantastic : Ecologies, Geographies, Oddities, ed by. Julius Greve and Florian Zappe, 129–147. Palgrave Macmillan.
Vancouver
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Ulstein G. ’Through the eyes of Area X’ : (Dis)locating ecological hope via new Weird spatiality. In: Greve J, Zappe F, editors. Spaces and fictions of the weird and the fantastic : ecologies, geographies, oddities. Palgrave Macmillan; 2019. p. 129–47.
IEEE
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G. Ulstein, “’Through the eyes of Area X’ : (Dis)locating ecological hope via new Weird spatiality,” in Spaces and fictions of the weird and the fantastic : ecologies, geographies, oddities, J. Greve and F. Zappe, Eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 129–147.
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  abstract     = {With Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy (2014) as a case study, this chapter argues that the new weird plays with narrative perspectives and other literary strategies in order to interrogate and evolve old weird tropes and conventions. In this way, the new weird moves beyond nihilism and cosmic dread, and therefore stands to generate a more hopeful response to the environmental crisis. Both old and new weird spatiality focus on the unknown, nonhuman outside intruding into human reality and threatening human subjectivity. This chapter argues that the new weird imbues such nonhuman encounters with a fraught hope for a world after the destabilization of the human subject, offering new perspectives on how to navigate the increasingly weirded time of the Anthropocene.},
  author       = {Ulstein, Gry},
  booktitle    = {Spaces and fictions of the weird and the fantastic : ecologies, geographies, oddities},
  editor       = {Greve, Julius and Zappe, Florian},
  isbn         = {9783030281151},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {129--147},
  publisher    = {Palgrave Macmillan},
  series       = {Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies},
  title        = {'Through the eyes of Area X' : (Dis)locating ecological hope via new Weird spatiality},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28116-8_9},
  year         = {2019},
}

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