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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Publication details for Professor Timothy Clark

Clark, Timothy (2013). What on World is the Earth? The Anthropocene and Fictions of the World. Oxford Literary Review 35(1): 5-24.

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Timothy Clark, ‘What on World is the Earth?: The Anthropocene and
Fictions of the World’
This paper develops a concept of the terrestrial as an abyssal
boundary to the thinkable, looking to David Wood’s deconstructive
eco-phenomenology. The main section deploys this concept of the
terrestrial to read various accounts and images of the sight of the whole
earth from space. This then suggests a reading of Derrida’s arguments
on the ‘fiction of the world’. This material is framed at both ends
of the paper by consideration of the “Anthropocene” as an ‘event’
which seems to exceed or query elements of Derrida’s definition of the


This article is one of several in this special issue of OLR responding to an extract, printed at the start of the issue, from Jacques Derrida's late seminars on the fiction of the world.

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