“At the Speed of Trees”: Richard Powers’ The Overstory

Antonella Riem (Università degli Studi di Udine)

Abstract

Questo saggio utilizza il modello bioculturale di dominio-partnership di Riane Eisler come rilevante testimonianza del modo in cui un approccio transdisciplinare per lo studio della letteratura può ampliare la nostra visione critica, la nostra metodologia e comprensione nell’analisi di testi di diverse tipologie. Questa metodologia olistica di ampio spettro include diversi ambiti della conoscenza e dell’indagine critica, fra i quali la fisica quantistica, la biologia e la scienza sistemica, l’ecosofia, l’eco-letteratura, e gli studi contemporanei sulla vita delle piante. Fulcro del saggio è l’analisi del romanzo The Overstory (2018) di Richard Powers che si configura come denuncia veemente della visione del mondo di dominio, distruttiva e violenta, che vede la Terra come luogo da controllare e sfruttare, e al tempo stesso dà ampio spazio e rafforza le idee fondanti del paradigma culturale di partnership, di amore e cura di sé e del mondo.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-171

Parole chiave: Richard Powers, Il Sussurro del mondo, modello bioculturale di partnership, scienza sistemica, vita delle piante, mito, ecoletteratura.

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