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date: 04 December 2020

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This article discusses the dark ecology of elegy. It also explains the materiality of elegy as essentially environmental, but with a difference. It then goes even further by positing a resistance to the collapse of subject-object dualism so dear to deep ecology, and once so dear to the historical definitions of Romanticism. This dark ecology surprisingly provides Cartesian dualism as a corrective to the naivety of deep ecology's efforts to vivify matter. Ecological elegy asks to mourn for something that has not completely passed, that perhaps has not even passed yet. The elegiac occasion of Alastor could not be more strange and powerful. Alastor offers the possibility of a noir ecology. Dark ecology refuses to digest plants and animals and humans into ideal forms.

Keywords: dark ecology, ecological elegy, subject-object dualism, Romanticism, Cartesian dualism, Alastor

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