Rethinking the dualism : Don DeLillo's White Noise and the ecocritical possibilities of the nature/culture mix Public Deposited

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  • Rethinking the Dualism: Don DeLillo's White Noise and the Ecocritical Possibilities of the Nature/Culture Mix questions current applications of ecocriticism and offers that these applications are inadequate in dealing with the perceived nature/culture dualism. This thesis suggests that ecocritics need to stop thinking in dualistic terms, but instead must consider that the separation between nature and culture is an illusion created by the postmodern culture. Don DeLillo's White Noise, then, is used to illustrate the possibilities of rethinking the relationship between nature and culture. DeLillo exposes the illusion of the dualism by constantly implicating humans in the alteration of nature and, despite humans' attempts to live within the illusory dualism by controlling nature through tecimology, by revealing that man's efforts will always fail through unintended consequences. This thesis culminates by proposing that considering nature and culture as connected entities that constantly reshape each other will absorb dualistic thinking and provide opportunities for ecocritics to expose truths that are vital to fueling the desire to alter destructive relationships between nature and culture.
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