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Contents Introduction: Stories of Stone Geophilia: The Love of Stone Excursus: The Weight of the Past Time: The Insistence of Stone Excursus: A Heart Unknown Force: The Adventure of Stone Excursus: Geologic Soul: The Life of Stone Afterword: Iceland Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is professor of English and director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute at George Washington University. He is the author of Medieval Identity Machines and Of Giants: Sex, Monsters, and the Middle Ages, and the editor of Monster Theory: Reading Culture, Prismatic Ecology, and Elemental Ecocritism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water (all from Minnesota).
"If our historic engagement with stone is the story of cave painting, toolmaking, and home building, Cohen wants to recover a secret history that moves beyond such utilitarian domination. His version is about collaboration and gregarious commingling between humans and stones."-Los Angeles Review of Books "A gorgeous lovesong to lithic form, narrative endurance, and the urgent need to connect."-The Bookfish:Thalassology, Shakespeare, and Swimming "Rendered eloquently, Cohen's text is a useful attempt at crafting a unique theoretical framework for challenging assumptions about the differences between humans and nature."-CHOICE "Ranging between the poetic and the pedantic, heroically imagining beyond its academic constraints, Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman presents a unique history that is central to some of our most urgent ecological concerns."-The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada "An elegantly structured, stylistically-rich study in theory and criticism."-SubStance "Stone is a beautifully written book that moves from scholarly engagement with medieval texts to more contemporary issues and ideas, as well as a deal of personal material, and etymological musings."-The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory "Jeffrey Jerome Cohen offers a poetically charged account of stone as uncannily lively substance, the necessary ground for any articulation of ecological (and ethical) figures."-Symploke 24 "a profound exploration of a fascinating topic, one that helps me in my own thinking on ecology and materiality, and one that may well stand the test of lithic time."-KronoScope "Renders a usually inanimate and unchanging world both vivid and vibrant."-Environmental History "A poignant and poetic book, Stone is a provocative contribution to anthropocene studies. Rather than naming humans as agents endowed with geologic force, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen contemplates our anxious collaboration with lithic matter that outlasts and eludes us. Stone is a must-read for anyone interested in rethinking the anthropocene within the geologic turn in literary and cultural studies." -Stephanie LeMenager, University of Oregon