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Past the Summit

Katherine Wood

ISBN 10: 3639169697 / ISBN 13: 9783639169690
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128 pages. Dimensions: 8.7in. x 5.9in. x 0.3in.Mountaineering narratives are ripe for ecocritical study. Climbing books describe feats of daring, often ending in heroic success or miserable tragedy. But few have asked what implications mountaineering literature may have on our cultural mindset and environmental ethics. This thesis explores that question, and examines how metaphors in mountaineering narratives can reveal underlying environmental ethics. While predominant metaphors visualize the mountains and environment as objectives, enemies, and arenas for human competition, more recent mountaineering texts offer a wider range of metaphors, including metaphors of goddess and spirit. These metaphors encourage a sustainable environmental ethics by implying an interconnected relationship between earth and humanity, which may in turn have positive consequences for human society. By understanding the inherent assumptions in language, we can choose to resist metaphors that allow us to harm the world and instead choose metaphors that will help us keep the entire biotic community beautiful and stable. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783639169690

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Title: Past the Summit

Publisher: VDM Verlag

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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Mountaineering narratives are ripe for ecocritical study. Climbing books describe feats of daring, often ending in heroic success or miserable tragedy. But few have asked what implications mountaineering literature may have on our cultural mindset and environmental ethics. This thesis explores that question, and examines how metaphors in mountaineering narratives can reveal underlying environmental ethics. While predominant metaphors visualize the mountains and environment as objectives, enemies, and arenas for human competition, more recent mountaineering texts offer a wider range of metaphors, including metaphors of goddess and spirit. These metaphors encourage a sustainable environmental ethics by implying an interconnected relationship between earth and humanity, which may in turn have positive consequences for human society. By understanding the inherent assumptions in language, we can choose to resist metaphors that allow us to harm the world and instead choose metaphors that will help us keep the entire biotic community beautiful and stable.

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Katherine Wood holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She currently lives and works in Alaska.

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