This collection is about love, death, plants, and weird fiction. It takes its title from a Margaret Atwood story in which an adolescent girl seems to turn into a tree. It examines works by Doris Lessing, Jenny Hval, Anne Carson, Octavia Butler, Michelle Tea, Helen Phillips, Mark Fisher, Donna Haraway, and Jeff and Ann VanderMeer; it explores the erotics of compost, vampire-themed live-action roleplaying, intoxicated birds, medieval nuns, invasive spores, and solarpunk. The book asks: what kind of stories are being written that help us rethink our human-centric perspective of Earth? What kinds of narratives will make sense of the age of extinction? Death by Landscape creates a syllabus for feminist sci-fi and speculative fiction for our time.
“This book is amazing. It brought me back to sanity, space, and language.” –Jenny Hval, author of Paradise Rot and Girls Against God
“Elvia Wilk’s learned and bracing essays distribute the mind out beyond the stubborn habits and enclosures of our ‘humanities’–out past hack plots or boundaries assigned to gender or species–where it can expand into subsoil or outer space or corpuscle in narratives weird enough to reflect another human/non-human social life.” –Keller Easterling, author of Medium Design and Extrastatecraft
“With evocative clarity and intuitive rigor, Elvia Wilk’s Death by Landscape guides us through a troubled terrain criss-crossed by that most uncanny of entities, ‘nature.’ This is writing that uniquely extends the tradition of speculative nonfiction, delineating a new constellation of culture and climate that ultimately points to the nebulous horizon of human being itself.” –Eugene Thacker, author of In the Dust of This Planet and Infinite Resignation
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