by Parkin, Justine | from Multimedia Library Collection:

Parkin, Justine. "Fecundity." Environmental Humanities 9, no. 2 (2017): 460-63. doi:10.1215/22011919-4215423.

Fecundity—fertility—productivity. F-e-c-u-n-d-i-t-y. The hard f begins the word, to be followed by the stop of c and two quick dental articulations, d—t. The word itself evokes something grotesque, far from the romantic and feminine-coded sense that has been associated with its synonym fertility and distant too from the progressive insistence of productivity. No—fecundity is neither simply beautiful nor forward-moving. It is directed toward life, but equally toward excess and death. (Excerpt)

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