Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times

Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times

alaimo-coverBy Stacy Alaimo.  University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, MN, 2016.

Opening with the statement “The anthropocene is no time to set things straight,” Stacy Alaimo puts forth potent arguments for a material feminist posthumanism in the chapters that follow.

From trans-species art and queer animals to naked protesting and scientific accounts of fishy humans, Exposed argues for feminist posthumanism immersed in strange agencies and scale-shifting ethics. Including such divergent topics as landscape art, ocean ecologies, and plastic activism, Alaimo explores our environmental predicaments to better understand feminist occupations of transcorporeal subjectivity.

She puts scientists, activists, artists, writers, and theorists in conversation, revealing that the state of the planet in the twenty-first century has radically transformed ethics, politics, and what it means to be human. Ultimately, Exposed calls for an environmental stance in which, rather than operating from an externalized perspective, we think, feel, and act as the very stuff of the world.

Read Alaimo’s related University of Minnesota Press blog post here: “Climate change, carbon-heavy masculinity, and the politics of exposure.”

Stacy Alaimo is professor of English and director of the environmental and sustainability studies minor at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is author of Undomesticated Ground and Bodily Natures, editor of Matter, and coeditor of Material Feminisms.