Loss and Wonder at the World’s End

Loss and Wonder at the World’s End

Book Pages: 216 Illustrations: 56 illustrations, inc. 1 in color Published: October 2021

Author: Laura A. Ogden

Anthropology > Cultural Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies > Southern Cone

In Loss and Wonder at the World's End, Laura A. Ogden brings together animals, people, and things—from beavers, stolen photographs, lichen, American explorers, and bird song—to catalog the ways environmental change and colonial history are entangled in the Fuegian Archipelago of southernmost Chile and Argentina.Repeated algal blooms have closed fisheries in the archipelago. Glaciers are in retreat. Extractive industries such as commercial forestry, natural gas production, and salmon farming along with the introduction of non-native species are rapidly transforming assemblages of life. Ogden archives forms of loss—including territory, language, sovereignty, and life itself—as well as forms of wonder, or moments when life continues to flourish even in the ruins of these devastations. Her account draws on long-term ethnographic research with settler and Indigenous communities; archival photographs; explorer journals; as well as experiments in natural history and performance studies. Loss and Wonder at the World's End frames environmental change as imperialism's shadow, a darkness cast upon the Earth in the wake of other losses.


“One of the most brilliant and compelling aspects of this beautiful little book is Laura A. Ogden's voice. A woman's seasoned, feminist, highly attuned and tuned, expertly lived voice, it leads us graciously into a critical world of wonder and loss—a collective looking around at what could have been and might still be. Loss and Wonder at the World's End is sharply, fiercely loving. It teaches us to live and think differently. This is a masterful, inspiring, wholly original work.” — Kathleen Stewart, coauthor of The Hundreds

“In its freshness of vision, its first-person mode of presentation, its open heartedness, and its scattering of materials in delicate montages, Loss and Wonder at the World's End is such fun to read. Laura A. Ogden's persistent view of history throughout the text as multivalent, dense, and mysterious is wonderful.” — Michael T. Taussig, author of Mastery of Non-Mastery in the Age of Meltdown


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Laura A. Ogden is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College, author of Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades, coauthor of Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers, and coeditor of The Coastal Everglades: The Dynamics of Social-Ecological Transformation in the South Florida Landscape.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1456-0 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1363-1