Monique Allewaert – ‘Ariel’s Ecology’

I just want to signal this very interesting publication, recently reviewed by Valérie Loichot (Emory University) on Southern Spaces. It is an ecocritical perspective on the ‘parahuman’, liminal and transversal forms of subjectivity, personhood and agency historically developed in the slave plantation environment. It promises to be a very interesting piece of scholarship for my research on Caribbean biopolitics.

Monique Allewaert, Ariel’s Ecology: Plantations, Personhood, and Colonialism in the American Tropics (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013).
Cover of Ariel's Ecology

Cover of Ariel’s Ecology

Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
The Tempest
I take this opportunity to signal another absolutely ravishing project: the underwater sculptures of the English-Guyanese artist Jason deCaires Taylor (see the book’s cover image). In 2006, he created the first underwater sculpture park, situated off the coast of Grenada.

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