I’ve just posted a review of David W. Kidner’s excellent book, Nature & Psyche: Radical Environmentalism and the Politics of Subjectivity. Absolutely anyone who’s feeling a pull towards the ideas and feelings I’ve been trying to articulate here should grab a copy as soon as possible.
While you’re at the library, or on Amazon, or wherever, you would be doing yourself a huge favour to also look up David Abram’s The Spell of the Sensuous. It works wonderfully as a more exuberant companion to Kidner’s brilliant analysis. It’s just as idea-filled, but it sheds some of the trappings of theoretical rigour in favour of some expressive linguistic experiments that actually try to convey the subject matter, of animistic feeling-into the living world. I stopped short of reviewing Abram’s book because it seemed a little fruitless to do anything other than point to the book and gesture urgently with my eyebrows. If you want more of a feel for it, try Jason Godesky’s review/discussion, ‘A Brief Summary of Animism‘.