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Exscription as ecopoetics

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Crowley, Martin 

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This article explores the possibilities offered by Jean-Luc Nancy’s notion of ‘exscription’ for ecopoetic practice and ecocritical thought. Bringing this notion into relation with the work of Nancy’s friend and collaborator Jean-Christophe Bailly, as well as writing by Olga Tokarczuk which engages other-than-human existences, the article argues that if duly extended beyond its strict purview within Nancy’s writings, ‘exscription’ names a non-appropriative, non-extractive mode of writing through which such existences may be affirmed without capture. On this basis, the article suggests that the notion can contribute to the ecocritical analysis of ecopoetical configurations of the human encounter with these existences.

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Cultural Politics

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1743-2197

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Duke University Press

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