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Remaking RealityU. S. Documentary Culture after 1945$
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Sara Blair, Joseph B. Entin, and Franny Nudelman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638690

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638690.001.0001

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Speculative Ecology

Speculative Ecology

Rachel Carson’s Environmentalist Documentaries

(p.83) Speculative Ecology
Remaking Reality

Daniel Worden

University of North Carolina Press

In his essay, “Speculative Ecology: Rachel Carson’s Environmentalist Documentaries,” Daniel Worden argues that Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is not only a path-breaking work of investigative journalism, but also a daring work of imaginative projection. Rereading this seminal book in light of Carson’s earlier writing about the ocean, which she portrays as vast and indecipherable, Worden reinterprets Carson’s storied career and demonstrates her contribution to contemporary writing about climate change. Tasked with describing catastrophe that unfolds incrementally, Carson’s speculative documentary defamiliarizes nature itself, performing the work of estrangement that survival may require.

Keywords:   Silent Spring, Carson, Rachel, speculative ecology, speculative documentary, environmentalist documentaries, investigative journalism, climate change, catastrophe, survival

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