Fire, Water, Moon: Supplemental Seasons in a Time Without Season

Anne-Lise Francois

University of California, Berkeley

Anne-Lise François is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC-Berkeley and author of Open Secrets: The Literature of Uncounted Experience (Stanford, 2008). She is completing a book entitled Provident Improvisers: Parables of Subsistence in the Time of Enclosures, a study of the temporal commons in the context of contemporary ecological crisis. Rejecting the enclosure of seasonal time within modern capitalism,  Provident Improvisers looks to alternative ways of  living “without reserves”— in various parables of subsistence found in Bashō, Rousseau, Wordsworth, Constable, Thoreau, Benjamin, John Berger and others. 


If the Anthropocene names the geological epoch defined by the radically destabilizing effects of human activity on geophysical processes, my paper asks about the continued relevance of other, relatively unchanged seasonal... [ view full abstract ]


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