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Hills in Her Bones and the Soul of Land in Her Head: Permaculture Ethics in Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching Series



Year of publication 2023
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Overcoming the imagined separation between humanity and nature is critical for enabling a biospheric civilisation and reconceptualising humankind as an integral part of the biosphere. This presentation examines the Tiffany Aching Series as Pratchett’s attempt to confront the modern concept of the self as distinct and detached from nature in favour of the symbiotic coexistence of these two realms. The series is analysed from the perspective of the permaculture ethic—especially its core components: care for Earth, care for people and fair share—which emphasises both the intrinsic value of nature and the need for environmental justice. After introducing permaculture and its philosophical and practical value in addressing the anthropogenic environmental crisis, the presentation considers the extent to which the series incorporates permaculture elements.
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