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Nature and Relationality in 'Het Tegenovergestelde van een Mens.' Or: Onto-Epist(l)emology, Cucumbers, and Writing

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Aster Hoving

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Aster Hoving is a graduate student in Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam.

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In this paper, I read Lieke Marsman’s Het Tegenovergestelde van een Mens as an (eco-)autotheoretical text. I argue that even though the novel cites object-oriented ontologies, it does not merely draw from these works, but instead performs and complicates this theoretical discourse. The novel explores the onto-epistemological consequences of the assertions that nature and culture are entangled and that thinking is not transcendent but immersed in materiality. I therefore argue that the novel shares concerns with feminist materialisms, which theorize nature and culture as intertwined and co-constitutive.

How to Cite: Hoving, A., 2019. Nature and Relationality in 'Het Tegenovergestelde van een Mens.' Or: Onto-Epist(l)emology, Cucumbers, and Writing. Junctions: Graduate Journal of the Humanities, 4(1), pp.58–72. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33391/jgjh.54
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Published on 01 Apr 2019.
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