Making M/other Nature

“THERE’S NO MORE NATURE,” announces Cloy in Endgame. Such an apocalypse has not yet been organized, of course, but Clov’s vision is nonetheless prophetic, for an external nature—pristine, Edenic, and autonomous from society—is no longer available to us in everyday life, except through acts of poetic imagination. And so in poetic imagination the cliched dualisms of inherited Western ideologies of nature resonate at fever pitch.

Long ago it became established as conventional wisdom in academic geography that no part of the earth’s surface remains unaltered by human activity. But the profundity of this realization remains an unrevealed gestalt, even for geographers, many of whom themselves maintain the myth of an external autonomous nature. It will seem quixotic in the extreme to insist that nature is now socially produced, its externality internalized; nature, after all, is surely defined as

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