Ranae Lenor Hanson

Oct 5, 2021

Watershed

Attending to Body and Earth in Distress

University of Minnesota Press 2021

Ranea Lenor Hanson's Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress (U Minnesota Press, 2021) weaves a narrative that captures life on the water, diverse classrooms, and the unique experiences from learning to cop with type-1 diabetes: constantly monitoring blood sugar and managing insulin levels. A mix of personal reflection and meditative vignettes, Watershed reflects how our bodies can become an extension to understanding the earth and dealing with large-scale climatic changes. Throughout the text, Hanson argues that listening to both our bodies and surroundings will aid in understanding the mesh of environmental, economic, cultural, and social concerns our world currently faces. Life represents a network of waterways navigated by love, trauma, transformation, stillness, and silence.

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