Monday, November 13, 2023

Nine retellings and reinventions of Noah’s Ark

Jeffrey J. Cohen is Dean of Humanities at Arizona State University. He is author or editor of several books including Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman (winner of the René Wellek Prize of the ACLA) as well as Veer Ecology: A Companion for Environmental Thinking and Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire.

Julian Yates is H. Fletcher Brown Professor of English and Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. He is author or editor of several books, including Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance (finalist for the MLA Best First Book Prize) and Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast: A Multispecies Impression (winner of the Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize of the SLSA).

Their new book is Noah's Arkive.

At Lit Hub they tagged nine "books about arks and the price of being saved during ecological catastrophe," including:
Rebecca Solnit, Paradise Built in Hell

Rebecca Solnit coins the phrase “disaster utopias” and shows us that what environmental upheaval reveals is that the true disaster was the preceding social arrangement. Solnit alerts us to the insufficiency of our accustomed ways of modeling disaster and the disastrous results of stories insufficient to the task. With its emphasis on hope, care and collaboration during times of challenge, Solnit provides an optimistic view of how communities react in a catastrophe’s wake.
Read about another entry on the list.

A Paradise Built in Hell is among John Drury's six top books about the allure of crowds and community and Edward Platt's six books that explore the devastating impact of flooding.

--Marshal Zeringue