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Rootedness : the ramifications of a metaphor

Author: Christy Wampole
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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People have long imagined themselves as rooted creatures, bound to the earth{u2014}and nations{u2014}from which they came. In Rootedness, Christy Wampole looks toward philosophy, ecology, literature, history, and politics to demonstrate how the metaphor of the root{u2014}surfacing often in an unexpected variety of places, from the family tree to folk etymology to the language of exile{u2014}developed in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christy Wampole
ISBN: 9780226317656 022631765X
OCLC Number: 920017457
Description: xiii, 287 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Welcome to the rhizosphere ; Some thoughts on metaphor ; Generation radix ; Home is where the root is ; Jung and Bachelard go deep: the root as subconscious image ; Radical evil: of mandrakes and Wurzelmännchen --
Radical poetry ; Ponge and the plant's immobility ; Into thin air: Celan's "radix, matrix" ; Guillevic's radical trying ; The awkward human: Levertov and ecological alienation --
Roots and transcendence ; Verticality and the root ; Claudel's rooted crucifix ; Valéry and the vegetal brain ; Inversion and conversion ; Monsieur Teste, botanical thinker ; Tournier and the upending of Western culture --
Saving Europe from itself : Weil's enracinement and Heidegger's Bodenständigkeit ; Talk of roots in the air: la querelle du peuplier ; Weil's fear of abstraction ; Heidegger the terroiriste --
Sartre, phenomenology, and the root ; The nausea-inducing root of being ; Sartre's autobiographical tree ; Phenomenology's search for ground --
Etymology and essence: the primeval power of word roots ; The etymological obsession ; German ideological etymology ; Paulhan's etymological skepticism ; Derrida's deracination of language ; Blanchot and the etymon's danger --
From rhizome to vegetal democracy ; The cryptic rhizome of Deleuze and Guattari ; The postmodern plantation ; Neo-paganism and plant democracy.
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People have long imagined themselves as rooted creatures, bound to the earth{u2014}and nations{u2014}from which they came. In Rootedness, Christy Wampole looks toward philosophy, ecology, literature, history, and politics to demonstrate how the metaphor of the root{u2014}surfacing often in an unexpected variety of places, from the family tree to folk etymology to the language of exile{u2014}developed in twentieth-century Europe. Wampole examines both the philosophical implications of this metaphor and its political evolution. From the root as home to the root as genealogical origin to the root as the past itself, rootedness has survived in part through its ability to subsume other compelling metaphors, such as the foundation, the source, and the seed. With a focus on this concept{u2019}s history in France and Germany, Wampole traces its influence in diverse areas such as the search for the mystical origins of words, land worship, and nationalist rhetoric, including the disturbing portrayal of the Jews as an unrooted, and thus unrighteous, people. Exploring the works of Martin Heidegger, Simone Weil, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Celan, and many more, Rootedness is a groundbreaking study of a figure of speech that has had wide-reaching{u2014}and at times dire{u2014}political and social consequences.

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