With its melding of human and geological histories, the Anthropocene necessitates a
revised conception of the human, of various ontological distinctions and their
attendant ethics. As environmental disasters loom uncannily within our familiar,
domestic foreground, we are forced to think of ourselves as a species, with, as
Margaret Ronda puts it, shared ‘anthropogenic agency’; likewise, the ‘human race’
becomes ‘a nonhuman geophysical force’, as our physical actions resound on
planetary levels (2014: 103).
Dark Ecology and the Curatorial Novel: Reading Anthropocene Temporality,Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Fiction, Maria Sledmere. September 2017