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Lebanon’s greening imagination

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dc.contributor.author Marroum, Marianne
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-03T13:25:46Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-03T13:25:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2171-9594 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/7770
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the narratives of a group of Lebanese authors and artists on nature in Lebanon, collected in an anthology entitled The Lost Space: The Views of Lebanese Authors and Artists on Nature (2009) published by the cultural association of George Yammine, the deceased Lebanese poet media officer and critic of literature and art (1955-2000). The essays of Etel Adnan, Antoine al-Daouihy, Hassan Daoud, Fifi Kallab and Claudia Marchelian, among some others, will form the core of the study. I will deal with their objective description and/or subjective experience and perception of Beirut, nature and the environment in Lebanon as a separate entity, and in its relation to their creative work, whence the symbiosis of the natural, the aesthetic and the creative. I will undertake to analyze in the artists’ discourses the residues of forms and frame of minds of what may be regarded as Mediterranean orientalism, namely the subjective romantic experience of nature, the nostalgia for the green Lebanon of the past, as well as the focus on the beauty of the Lebanese landscape. I hope to show that these elements are paralleled and often dialectically intertwined with a more objective image of a degraded environment, one that is moving towards greater entropy. I will conclude with a sample of variegated reactions and solutions some of the authors put forward: paradoxical expressions of love and pride for this degenerated environment, philosophical arguments that inculcate ecocentric values to public consciousness, and pragmatic solutions that consist of a reconfiguration of landscape in sound ecological manner en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Lebanon’s greening imagination en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201005175 en_US
dc.author.department Social Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal European journal of literature, culture and environment en_US
dc.article.pages 117-132 en_US
dc.keywords Ecocriticsm en_US
dc.keywords Creativity en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords The Lost Space en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Marroum, M. (2013). Lebanon’s Greening Imagination//La imaginación de un Líbano verde. Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, 4(2), 117-132. en_US
dc.author.email maria-jose.sanchez-ruiz@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://ecozona.eu/article/view/532/573 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US


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