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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.

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Author(s): Mershon E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Victorian Literature and Culture

Year: 2020

Volume: 48

Issue: 1

Pages: 267-298

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


DOI: 10.1017/S1060150319000548


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