After Extinction

After Extinction

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Editor: Richard Grusin

Contributors: Daryl Baldwin, Claire Colebrook, William E. Connolly, Ashley Dawson, Joseph Masco, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Margaret Noodin, Jussi Parikka, Bernard C. Perley, Cary Wolfe, and Joanna Zylinska.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (2018)

What comes after extinction? Including both prominent and unusual voices in current debates around the Anthropocene, this collection asks authors from diverse backgrounds to address this question. After Extinction looks at the future of humans and nonhumans, exploring how the scale of risk posed by extinction has changed in light of the accelerated networks of the twenty-first century. The collection considers extinction as a cultural, artistic, and media event as well as a biological one. The authors treat extinction in relation to a variety of topics, including disability, human exceptionalism, science-fiction understandings of time and posthistory, photography, the contemporary ecological crisis, the California Condor, systemic racism, Native American traditions, and capitalism.

From discussions of the anticipated sixth extinction to the status of writing, theory, and philosophy after extinction, the contributions of this volume are insightful and innovative, timely and thought provoking.