The comedy of survival: studies in literary ecology. Front Cover. Joseph W. Meeker. Scribner, – Literary Criticism – pages. The comedy of survival: literary ecology and a play ethic. Responsibility: Joseph W. Meeker. Edition: 3rd ed. Imprint: Tucson: University of Arizona Press, c Meeker argues that the destructive aspects of western civilization are founded on the tragic mode, while the comic mode offers a path for redemption.

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Angela marked it as to-read Jul 29, Somehow, the author neglects the fact that Dante’s eternal bliss was only for saved Christians, that they were saved by rejecting earthly, biological life, and that those who didn’t reject “the flesh” faced the eternity of torment which Dante described so much more colorfully than his eternity of bliss.

The picaresque, especially, offers a model of learning from experience, unlike the pastoral, where humans manipulate the natural world they idealize as an teh.

This essay is a warning to us about how easy it is to take a good idea too far, and to see what we want to see in a text. The Comedy of Survival: The tragedy in Meeker’s essay is that he is meekr of its veracity to the exclusion of all others possible points of view: Deep te very good.


Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. University of Arizona Press; 3 hte July 1, Language: The comedy of survival;: Be the first to ask a question about The Comedy of Survival. The author advances “the comedy of survival” as an ecological concept, which makes a kind of sense, since organisms are always looking for a “happy ending” to their day-to-day attempts to stay alive.

Meeker cites the example of Hamlet’s verbal attack on Polonius and Guildenstern after the fracas of The Mousetrap. Joseph Meeker is a biologist who turned his talents to the study of literature. With imagination and flair, the author suvrival introduces the idea of a play ethic, as opposed to a work ethic, and demonstrates the importance of play as a necessary and desirable component of the comic spirit.

How are we not? Showing of 2 reviews. With imagination and flair, the merker alsointroduces the idea of a play ethic, as opposed to a work ethic, and demonstrates the importance of plays as a necessary and desirable component of the comic spirit.

Meeker Snippet view – I think this book deserves 4 stars, it starts with a good plan but it becomes a bit messy on the way. Many will find much to ponder in this clear explication of how we might become better stewards of the Earth. Gayla added it Oct 09, Contents The Comic Way. Joss Ratcliffe marked it as to-read Feb 09, The comedy of survival: It is instructive to recall that while a comedy typically concludes with a wedding, a tragedy always ends in death.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I bought this book at half it’s cover price at a book warehouse in Cleveland and while waiting to give a reading that night in that syrvival of the city. One of those books that is truly liberating.


Leslie rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Senti rated it it was amazing Apr 18, Wilson, he demonstrates the universality of comedy in both human and animal behavior and shows how the comic mode helps us to live in harmony with nature.

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The author teh this book derives his knowledge from ideally two separate disciplines English Lit. The treatment of rape avoids all pornographic detail: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. From this, however, he infers that a medieval writer like Dante was an early “ecologist” because his writing repudiated the Classical world’s tragic view of human life as limited and mortal, and substituted a “comedic” Christian view of human life as leading to eternal bliss. Miriam marked it as to-read May 04, A unique blend of literature, philosophy, spirituality, and ecology that offers a fresh narrative of the human condition.

Ravi marked it as to-read Jan 05, Found this by reading Play by Stuart Brown, which I recommend reading first.