Housebreaking the human animal: Humanism and the problem of sustainability in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake and the year of the flood

Hannes Bergthaller*

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This article discusses Margaret Atwood's novels Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood in the context of sustainability. The novels present the ecological crisis as arising from flaws in humanity's biological make-up; sustainability is thus a question of housebreaking the human animal, that is, of aligning human behaviour to the requirements of the planetary oikos. Through her protagonists, Atwood explores possible answers to this question which can be understood as anthropotechnologies in the sense outlined by Peter Sloterdijk in his controversial essay "Rules for the Human Zoo". Similar to the latter, Atwood's novels arrive at a qualified humanism informed by evolutionary biology and disenchanted with human nature.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)728-743
頁數16
期刊English Studies
91
發行號7
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出版狀態已發佈 - 2010 11月
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 語言和語言學
  • 文學與文學理論

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