n Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies - Environment and identity : Douglas Livingstone's

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-0046



In this article I argue that in <I>'A Littoral Zone'&lt;/I&gt; Douglas Livingstone undertakes a remarkable project of mapping his identity and work - as poet, scientist, human being - onto the landscape in which he lived, worked and moved: that he claims belonging - in terms of myth, DNA linkages, history, biology, relationships, literature - while acknowledging estrangement - through personal loss, pollution, greed, rejection, despoliation, history, loneliness, death. The volume explores these issues in ways which are at once locally specific and broadly global: the particular place is made to resonate with wider, and profounder, implications. This does not mean that there are not also problematic aspects to the mapping of identity onto place, and I consider some of these, including Livingstone's evocation of his relationships with black writing in South Africa.

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