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Abundance: Nature in Recovery

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Publication date3/09/2021
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages288
ISBN (Electronic)9781472989093
ISBN (Print)9781472989086
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this collection of literary essays, the author investigates the meaning of abundance in the Anthropocene. The research explores themes of activism, consolation and distraction and employs the concept of the ‘agrapha,’ Greek for ‘unwritten,’ to investigate landscapes and themes outside of the existing canon of British nature writing. The book deploys the literary essay as ‘an eyeball floating above the world, reporting what it sees,’ using imaginative engagement, different ways of paying attention and forms of distraction to situate the essay as a form of ‘environmental justice action.’ The use of memoir is deployed to show the self as a fallible individual in relation to the world, rejecting the notion of a more self-centred memoir. The ‘I’ manifests as a character who uses curiosity to react to a wide range of environmental and human concerns in the geographic, metaphorical and reflective fields. The resulting collection communicates ideas on abundance and loss for a generalist reading public.