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Description - The Resurgence of the Real by Charlene Spretnak

In this insightful,beautifully written work, one of America's most important feminist ecological thinkers reflects on the roots of modernity in Renaissance humanism, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, Spretnak argues that an "ecological postmodern" ethos is emerging in the 1990s. the creative cosmos, and the complex sense of place." Both a sharp critique and a graceful performance of the art of the possible, The Resurgence of the Real changes the way we think about living in the modern world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415922982
ISBN-10: 0415922984
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 292
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 6-May-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » The well-trod ground of ecospiritualism is trundled over once again by Spretnak (The Politics of Women's Spirituality, 1981, etc.). Modernism is Spretnak's unoriginal bugbear: It can be found tattering the social fabric; it lurks behind the disintegration of the economy, health care, everyday life, ethnic and racial hatreds. Modernism is the deep structure repressing the "real," imposing discontinuities "between humans and the rest of the natural world, between self and others, between body and mind." Economic expansion and technological innovation, Modernism's frayed mantras, are little but the mechanistic blatherings of an ideology gone sour, Spretnak intones. The body is not a biomachine requiring external intervention upon breakdown; it is a self-correcting energy system. Nature is not simply matter to be acted upon; it is a dynamic, self-regulating cosmos. Place is not just where you are, but an influential ecosocial frame. Yes, yes. The mingling of body-mind/cosmos/place is where Spretnak situates the "real," so she mooches about in the theories of chaos, complexity, and Gaia, and in the works of John Ruskin, William Morris, and revolutionary artistic movements to buttress her point. And they are points well taken but here made ponderously and without a whit of humor. The writing is lumbered, and Spretnak comes across as schooimarmish and scolding: "Ironically, the counterculture of the sixties was dismissed as romantic even though its ignorance of the Romantics was almost total." She is drawn to the dry, high-minded "geologian" Thomas Berry, reasonably enough, but her position is impoverished when she ignores the spirited intellectual high jinks of Paul Feyerabend and others who so nimbly eviscerated the notion of modernity. "The gist of all this is that life is an interactive phenomenon of planetary and biospheric scale." Stop the presses. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Charlene Spretnak

Charlene Spretnak, one of the founders of the ecofeminist movement, has written several books on social issues, ecological thought, and spiritual concerns, including Green Politics (1984) and States of Grace: The Recovery of Meaning in the Postmodern Age (1991).

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