©2019 by A J B Hampton

Post-secular Nature and the New Nature Writing

Abstract

With the turn of the twenty-first century a group of writers began rehabilitating British nature writing and the voice of the individual interacting with it, producing what has become collectively known as the new nature writing. This examination considers how this literature represents a postsecular re-conceptualisation of our relationship to nature. The new nature writing challenges a key element of the secular social imaginary, namely the subject-centred, immanence-bound, disenchanted representation of nature, which sets the self over and above nature, destabilising existing dichotomies, and generating a multiplicity of hybridized possibilities that reconceptualise our relationship to nature.

Awarded outstanding article of 2018 by the Conference on

Christianity and Literature

Current condition: This article has now been published in a

special edition of Christianity and Literature on Postscularity. LINK