Confounding ecospectations: disappointment and hope in the forest

Heddon, D. (2016) Confounding ecospectations: disappointment and hope in the forest. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 20(3), pp. 324-339. (doi:10.1080/14688417.2016.1192001)

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Abstract

The task of this essay is to stage an encounter with disappointment. Though the ‘affective turn’ is manifest across many disciplines, there has been little reckoning with disappointment as a particular affect. In the over-lapping contexts of environmental catastrophe and environmentally or ecologically-oriented performance – where the global challenges are immense, solutions impossible, but action vital – disappointment is inevitable. It seems imperative that we begin to think through disappointment’s affective registers in order to understand where disappointment comes from and what it does. What sort of affect, or force, is disappointment? How does it work and what work does it do? Where does it go and what does it take with it? I argue that disappointment remains vital to hope. If disappointment is figured as the space created between expectation and disconfirmation, then that space in-between is the necessary place of hope’s reappearance.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heddon, Professor Deirdre
Authors: Heddon, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN:1468-8417
ISSN (Online):2168-1414
Published Online:20 June 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 20(3):324-339
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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