The Mind of Plants

Co-edited with Monica Gagliano and John Ryan

 

This volume aims to bring innovative plant research from the life sciences, social sciences and humanities to a broad audience both inside and outside academia. The volume is comprised of short essays by a variety of authors—writers, artists, anthropologists, sociologists, biologists, literary and film scholars, and so on—who drafted their texts around a plant of their choice. Essay are organized alphabetically by plant, evoking old herbaria, all the while moving away from their focus on taxonomy. The purpose is to pay tribute to this tradition but subvert its reductionist approach to plant life by highlighting plants’ role as historical, cultural, social and linguistic agents.