Continuing my reading of Trouble on Triton, I’m responding to the question:
How is a dark ecology reading different from readings centered on content and form?
The figure at the center of dark ecology is what Timothy Morton calls the Beautiful Soul, a subject position that directs a critical eye toward everything except itself. Morton uses Hegel to identify consumerism as the quintessential attitude of the Beautiful Soul.
Consumerism isn’t merely consuming; it is performing. One may abstain, as did Percy and Mary Shelley, who boycotted sugar in protest of the Slave Trade; one may also dine on steak, as in Trouble on Triton when Bron and the Spike go to a kitsch restaurant built in People’s Capitalist China. Whether abstaining or indulging, the performance of consuming is an expression of the same subject position: the consumerist. This subject position allows one to occupy subject positions that are technically reproducible commodities. (p.113) The societies in Trouble on Triton consider these commodities inviolate and their consumption imperative.
The description of Bron’s attitude toward the […]