Imagining Earth

Concepts of Wholeness in Cultural Constructions of Our Home Planet

While concepts of Earth have a rich tradition, more recent examples show a distinct quality: Though ideas of wholeness might still be related to mythical, religious, or utopian visions of the past, "Earth" itself has become available as a whole. This raises several questions: How are the notions of one Earth or our Planet imagined and distributed? What is the role of cultural imagination and practices of signification in the imagination of "the Earth"? Which theoretical models can be used or need to be developed to describe processes of imagining Planet Earth? This collection invites a wide range of perspectives from different fields of the Humanities to explore the means of imagining Earth.

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19 July 2017, 174 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-3956-8

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Solvejg Nitzke

Solvejg Nitzke, Technische Universität Dresden, Deutschland

Nicolas Pethes

Nicolas Pethes, Universität zu Köln, Deutschland

... with the editors

1. Why a book on this subject?

Since its first appearance in 1972, the image of the Blue Marble has lost none of its appeal. To the contrary, it has become the most reproduced image of all times. However, what is often overlooked, is its narrative quality. We wanted to assemble perspectives on this famous icon which read it as both image and narrative and thus contribute to understanding the complex processes involved in »Imagining Earth«.

2. What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?

In the midst of the debate on the so-called Anthropocene, the relevance of discussing how and in which contexts Earth is imagined as a whole cannot be overstated. The image is still at the center of both visual and narrative concepts of wholeness or, even more prominently, perceived threats to said wholeness. The urgency with which conflicting visions of planet and humanity as precarious agents of ›Earth‹ is presented tends to forego much needed historicization and analysis of the meaning of its core-icon.

3. What new perspectives does your book open up?

This collection is the first to bring together German and US research and thinking on the topic of the whole Earth in such an intense manner. Hence, the volume covers accounts of the mathematical, medial and historical emergence of whole Earth imagery as well as whole Earth tought and is able to confront this with literary history, such as telluric imagination from the 17th to the 21st century.

4. Who would you preferably like to discuss your book with?

As the book already is a discussion, we would like to open up the floor to representatives of natural sciences, engineering, and people involved in implementing the politics associated with the Blue Marble image. Bringing together different perspectives is the main goal of the book. Hence there really is no limit as to whom we would like to discuss the book with. It deals with ›our home planet‹, thus there is no one who is not immediately concerned by its topic.

5. Your book in only one sentence:

»Imagining Earth« contemplates the narrative, media and philosophic contexts of our most defining icon.

Solvejg Nitzke / Nicolas Pethes (eds.)
Book title
Imagining Earth Concepts of Wholeness in Cultural Constructions of Our Home Planet
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 4 SW-Abbildungen, 14 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
SOC022000 LIT000000
Release date
19 July 2017
Kultur, Natur
Literary Studies, Media Studies, Environmental Humanities as well as the general public
Ecocriticism, Media, Literature, Earth, Culture, Home Planet, Religion, Mythology, Utopia, Nature, Cultural Theory, Cultural Studies, General Literature Studies, Ecology

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