'Temporariness' is a scandal in our culture of monumentalism and its persistent search for permanence and eternal life. Temporarinessthe time of the ephemeral and the performative, the time of speech, the time of nature and its constant changeshas little cultural purchase in the machine of the 'contemporary'. In this volume, two practitioners and theoreticians of time, space and the written/spoken word, embrace the notion of temporarinessseeing in it a site for a renewal of ways of thinking about ourselves, our language, our society and our environment. This collage of fragmentary genres approaches the notion of mitigated presence, mobilizing contingency to build an atlas of intersections seeking to pay attention to our own temporariness as the site of conceptual and ethical responsibility.
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John Kinsella is Professor of Literature and Sustainability at Curtin University, Perth (Australia), Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge (UK), and the author of over 40 volumes of poetry.
Russell West-Pavlov is Professor of Anglophone Literarures and Cultures at the University of Tübingen (Germany), Research Associate at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and convenor of a DAAD-funded network project on "Literary Cultures of the Global South".