Adaptation and Theorization
The Conclusion revisits and reviews the central findings of this book’s history, theory, and rhetoric of theorizing adaptation in the humanities. The history section has described and explicated adaptation’s rising, falling, and equivocal fortunes under humanities theorization. The theory section has pondered general dynamics between humanities adaptation and theorization, finding that theorization’s relationship to adaptation has been a hierarchical one that seeks to subject adaptation to its laws. Yet adaptation is a rival process akin to, and yet opposed to, theorization, one that exceeds and resists theorization’s definitions, taxonomies, principles, epistemologies, and methodologies. The rhetoric section suggests figurative rhetoric as a way of breaking out of theoretical binds, resolving theoretical impasses, and opening up new ways to think about adaptation and new methodologies to study it, as well as to develop a shared discourse that can encompass different fields, disciplines, nations, eras, theories, epistemologies, and methodologies.
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