By Monique Allewaert
What occurs if we abandon the idea individual is a discrete, world-making agent who acts on and creates position? This, Monique Allewaert contends, is exactly what happened on eighteenth-century American plantations, the place hard work practices and ecological particularities threatened the literal and conceptual barriers that separated people from the usual world.
Integrating political philosophy and ecocriticism with literary research, Ariel’s Ecology explores the different types of personhood that built out of recent global plantations, from Georgia and Florida via Jamaica to Haiti and increasing into colonial metropoles resembling Philadelphia. Allewaert’s exam of the writings of naturalists, novelists, and poets; the oral tales of Africans within the diaspora; and Afro-American fetish artifacts exhibits that individuals in American plantation areas have been pulled right into a internet of environmental stresses, starting from humidity to the call for for sugar. This in flip gave upward push to modes of personhood explicitly attuned to humans’ interrelation with nonhuman forces in a strategy we would name ecological.
Certainly the prospect that colonial lifestyles revokes human organization haunts works from Shakespeare’s Tempest and Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws to Spivak’s theories of subalternity. In Allewaert’s interpretation, the transformation of colonial subjectivity into ecological personhood isn't really a nightmare; it really is, quite, a method of lifestyles beforehand basically glimmering in Che Guevara’s dictum that postcolonial resistance is synonymous with “perfect wisdom of the ground.”
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