The comedy of survival: studies in literary ecology. Front Cover. Joseph W. Meeker. Scribner, – Literary Criticism – pages. The comedy of survival: literary ecology and a play ethic. Responsibility: Joseph W. Meeker. Edition: 3rd ed. Imprint: Tucson: University of Arizona Press, c Meeker argues that the destructive aspects of western civilization are founded on the tragic mode, while the comic mode offers a path for redemption.

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Comedy on the other hand is found wherever humans are.

The tragedy in Meeker’s essay is that he is convinced of its veracity to the exclusion of all others possible points of view: Comedy is about avoiding conflict and always seeking a compromise such that would ensure your survival. The comedy of survival;: This is a book we have been waiting for.

Animals that have the ability to kill an opponent of the same species do not. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Meeker Snippet view – Coyora Dokusho marked it as to-read Jun 23, One of those books that is truly liberating.

This essay is a warning to us about how easy it is to take a good idea too far, and to see what we want to see in a text. How are we animals? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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This book unfolded for me, changed shape and metamorphosed into something altogether more important to me than me and my writing could have ever made me feel that night. Want to Josepph Currently Reading Read. Found this by reading Play by Stuart Brown, which I recommend reading first. Within a growing body of environmental literature dealing with spirituality, ethics, ecofeminism, nature writing, and alternative lifestyles, Meeker’s is a josepg book, combining elements of literary criticism, ethology, New Age thinking, and personal narrative.


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Christi rated it really liked it Feb 06, Here, Joseph Meeker expands upon his consideration of comedy and tragedy, not as dramatic motifs for humor and sadness but rather as fo 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. Account Options Sign in.

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Bgf marked it as to-read Mar 07, Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. May 22, Shayne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Customers cmoedy bought this item also bought. What if all the male scientists swap data and you ghe to be a woman? This book isn’t long, but you have to read it to get why it’s important. Many will find much to ponder in this clear explication of how we might become better stewards of the Earth.


Sudden somewhere a high wind creaked. Share your thoughts with other customers. Wilson, he demonstrates the universality of comedy in both human and animal behavior and shows how the comic mode helps us to live in harmony with nature. 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.

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Publisher’s Summary Since publication of the first edition more joesph twenty surcival ago, The Comedy of Survival has been credited as the founding work in field of literary ecology, the study of relationships between the literary arts and scientific ecology. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Be the first to ask a question about The Comedy of Survival. People are not born with a predisposition to die for causes they are taught this, or they imitate examples of so-called heroes found in Classic and Renaissance literature.

What he fears joeph the possible threat of divine punishment for committing suicide or murder; “Conscience doth make cowards of us all”.