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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ella Mershon
This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Cambridge University Press, 2020.
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Taking a long view of mycological history, this essay considers how studies of fungal life have modeled fugitive, cryptic, and queer forms of belonging that open the body and the body politic to modes of collectivity that trouble the equation of ecology with holistic closure. Turning to Arthur Machen’s The Hill of Dreams, this essay shows how the geographies of desire and belonging created through fungal intimacies make it impossible to speak of either the self-contained individual or ecology in the singular. Open and plural, selves and worlds proliferate, contaminate, and interpenetrate through the infectious touch of fungal relations.
Author(s): Mershon E
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Victorian Literature and Culture
Online publication date: 17/02/2020
Acceptance date: 15/03/2019
Date deposited: 29/03/2019
ISSN (print): 1060-1503
ISSN (electronic): 1470-1553
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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