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Intertwined Histories: Plants in Their Social Contexts


Edited by Jim Ellis

$29.99 CAD / $29.99 USD (T)

120 pages, 34 illustrations

7.5 x 9.5 inches

978-1-77385-090-0 (Paperback)

978-1-77385-092-4 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-77385-093-1 (ePub)

978-1-77385-094-8 (Mobi)

Calgary Institute for the Humanities

May 2019

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About the Book

How do we understand the boundaries of individual creatures?

What are the systems of interdependency that bind all living creatures together? 

Plants were among the the first to colonize the planet. They created the soil and the atmosphere that made life possible for animals. They are some of the largest and oldest life forms on Earth. In spite of their primacy, Western cultures have traditionally regarded plants as the lowest life forms, lacking mobility, sensation, and communication. But recent research argues that plants move and respond to their environment, communicate with each other, and form partnerships with other species.

Art, poetry, and essays by cultural anthropologists, experimental plant biologists, philosophers, botanists and foresters expose the complex interactions of the vibrant living world around us and give us a lens through which we can explore our intertwined histories.  

Jim Ellisis a professor of English and Director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary. He has written widely on literature, art and film, and is the editor of Calgary: City of Animals and Water Rites: Reimagining Water in the West.

With Contributions By:  Nikki Anguish, J. C. Cahill, Jim Ellis, Erina Harris, M. N. Hutchinson, Ciara McKeown, Andrew Mathews, Wes Olson, Laura St. Pierre, Nancy Tousley, Patricia Vieria, Jennifer Wanner, Katherine Ylitalo