"we cooperate, or Die": Sustainable coexistence in terry pratchett's the amazing maurice and his educated rodents

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Abstract

This article examines Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice as a modern example of environmentally informed social dreaming about sustainable coexistence. In our increasingly ecologically-conscious world sustainability and coexistence have become key words in the discourse about social, economic and political relations. The problem of relating to what lies beyond the human, however, remains a challenge. This article argues that this problem is central to Pratchett's novel, making it a serious commentary on ecoliteracy and ecodesign. The Amazing Maurice, it is claimed, is a work with a transformative purpose. It suggests that cooperation and coexistence are workable beyond what we assume to be their limits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-94
Number of pages10
JournalChildren's Literature in Education
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Animal fantasy
  • Ecology
  • Sustainability

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