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Green Consciousness: Earth-Based Myth and Meaning in Shrek

Jane Caputi
Ethics and the Environment
Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall, 2007), pp. 23-44
Published by: Indiana University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40339139
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Green Consciousness: Earth-Based Myth and Meaning in Shrek
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Abstract

Green consciousness is a holistic worldview based in many ancient and still-current principles and wisdoms, holistic worldview, and one that offers alternative conceptions of human and non-human subjectivity, of humans' relationships with each other and with non-human nature. Its principles are elaborated not only in environmentalist philosophies but also in some forms of popular culture. Shrek retells ancient earth-based myth, specifically around its imagination of greenness as an emblem of the life force, its respect for the feminine principle, its refusal of hierarchy and split consciousness, its endorsement of the happy body and communal ecstasy, and its ringing celebration of diversity.

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