By Ashton Kohl Arnoldy July 26, 2018
Routledge press will soon publish After the Death of Nature, a book of essays co-edited by Elizabeth Allison, Kenneth Worthy, and Whitney A. Bauman that revolves around the contributions of Carolyn Merchant to environmental thought and its many intersections. The collection takes its name after Carolyn Merchant's seminal work, The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution (1980) and includes three sections and sixteen chapters with an introduction co-authored by Elizabeth Allison and an afterword by Carolyn Merchant herself. The first section, "Part 1: Environmental Philosophy and Ethics and Ecofeminism," includes a chapter by Elizabeth Allison titled "Bewitching Nature," followed by "Part 2: Environmental History," culminating in "Part 3: The Politics of Landscapes, Embodiments, and Epistemologies."
Both an homage to Merchant and a collaborative expansion of her vision, After the Death of Nature is an emblem of the intersectional, ecofeminist ethos in form and content. Giving praise, Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, describes the book as "one of the finest anthologies of its kind. It brings together stellar scholars to celebrate Carolyn Merchant's life work. What more fitting tribute to her accomplishments than these excellent essays, which should be widely read in the years to come."
Read After the Death of Nature, published in October 2018.