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The Comedy of Survival: Literary Ecology and a Play Ethic

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Since publication of the first edition more than twenty years ago, The Comedy of Survival has been credited as the founding work in the field of literary ecology, the study of relationships between the literary arts and scientific ecology. Here, Joseph Meeker expands upon his consideration of comedy and tragedy, not as dramatic motifs for humor and sadness but rather as fo ...more
Hardcover, 133 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by University of Arizona Press (first published 1997)
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Jul 03, 2010 Christopher rated it it was amazing
The author of this book derives his knowledge from ideally two separate disciplines (English Lit. and Ecology) and drives hard into personal and family account, history, and philosophy to bring about a seeming collection of essays, revised now twice I believe. To be honest, I haven't found something this worthwhile or in-line with my own observations and philosophies of how life works, should work, and sometimes doesn't, since I read Kerouac's On The Road at sixteen. This is more than a science, ...more
A unique blend of literature, philosophy, spirituality, and ecology that offers a fresh narrative of the human condition. Feels like encountering a wise sage during a hike; he invites you to listen, alters your view of the world, leaves you renewed, and makes you wonder why you don't explore nature more often. Deep and very good. Found this by reading Play by Stuart Brown, which I recommend reading first.
Nov 15, 2014 Kellyann rated it it was amazing
This is more than a book of literary criticism; it is a book of ethics and spirituality as well. One of those books that is truly liberating. I'll definitely re-read it, and I'd recommend it to anybody!
Candy Wood
Meeker’s subtitle is “Studies in Literary Ecology,” and the book is a convincing argument for interdisciplinarity, discarding the boxes that American education so often puts knowledge in and encouraging scientists and humanists to learn from each other. Showing that tragedy from its origins in ancient Greece emphasized “the supreme importance of the individual personality” in a world where nature is seen as made for human exploitation and morality derives from an external source, he argues that ...more
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Nov 04, 2015 Gianni Adragna rated it it was amazing
I think this book deserves 4 stars, it starts with a good plan but it becomes a bit messy on the way. Still I give 5 because the book gave me a couple of insights which I found extremely helpful. At times, while I was reading I felt the book was talking about me. Which is how you recognize a good book
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Sep 30, 2015 Shayne rated it it was amazing
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Fascinating view of two worldviews, and an apology for the comic. This book isn't long, but you have to read it to get why it's important. Deeply erudite and well thought out, but stops short of explaining the deep ideas contained therein; leaves that to the reader instead.
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