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AT HOME WITH THE WEIRD: DARK ECO-DISCOURSE IN TANIS AND WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE

Collins, Michael James, Barrios-O'Neill, Danielle (2018) AT HOME WITH THE WEIRD: DARK ECO-DISCOURSE IN TANIS AND WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE. Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural, 1 (3). pp. 35-54. ISSN 2397-8791.

Abstract

One of the most influential recent additions to critical environmental discourse has been Tim Morton’s concept of dark ecology, an approach to nature that rejects conventional ideas of sustainability and instead foregrounds a fundamental relationality between human and non-human materials, where life is always in-process (and thus cannot be preserved, so to speak) and where the many ecosystems that compose ‘the environment’ or ‘Nature’ are not separate from us, but rather ‘ooze uncannily around us.’ (2013: 143) Our relationship with nature becomes as intimate as our those with other people: strange, loving, depressing, endearing, ironic. This chapter introduces the concept of the dark-ecological podcast, characterised by emergent aesthetics of uncanniness, pervasive anxiety, bodily permeability, and a complex relationship to the ‘local,’ all explored with dark ecology in mind. (2016) Contemporary podcasts Tanis and Welcome to Night Vale serve as case studies, to identify resonances between contemporary podcast aesthetics and contemporary ecological philosophy, both of which seek to render a continuous ‘dark’ environment, where darkness comprises the uncanny and the cute, the intimate and the strange.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: M. Collins
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 12:05 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66643 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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