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Early Modern Ecostudies

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This volume centers on the study of the relations between literature and the environment and poses important questions to an evolving field: why has ecocriticism focused on narrow, more recent historical periods? What has prevented or discouraged critics from extending environmentally-conscious readings further into the past, and what is lost as a consequence? Early Modern Ecostudies engages directly with such issues and advances a new practice that borrows from the methodologies of current ecocriticism, ...

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Overview

This volume centers on the study of the relations between literature and the environment and poses important questions to an evolving field: why has ecocriticism focused on narrow, more recent historical periods? What has prevented or discouraged critics from extending environmentally-conscious readings further into the past, and what is lost as a consequence? Early Modern Ecostudies engages directly with such issues and advances a new practice that borrows from the methodologies of current ecocriticism, interrogates its problematic assumptions, and extends its reach and significance. Dealing with a range of subjects, these essays apply ecocritical methods to traditional authors such as Shakespeare, Sidney, More, and Milton; canonical texts such Edward Taylor's poetry and the Florentine Codex; and documents from the literature of discovery, medicine, and natural history.

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“Catching the rising surge of interest in ecological issues, this collection identifies a highly promising area of growth in early modern studies and subjects it to a wide-ranging and innovative analysis. Early Modern Ecostudies will become a formative anthology in the field.”—Bruce Boehrer, Bertram H. Davis Professor of English, Florida State University

"[The editors] have gathered a set of eclectic, fascinating essays that challenge the limits of the relatively new field of ecocriticism. By examining perceptions of the environment from the perspectives of Shakespeare, More, Milton, and others, including cultural contexts, the contributors to this volume demonstrate the inherently complex nature of ecostudies . . . this rich book reinforces Laurence Buell's pronouncement in his outstanding The Future of Environmental Criticism that ecocriticism has revised and expanded its provenance."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230604612
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Early Modern Cultural Studies Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Hallock is Assistant Professor of English at University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

Ivo Kamps is a Professor of English at the University of Mississippi.

Karen Raber is a Professor of English at the University of Mississippi.

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Introduction: Early Modern Ecostudies Karen Raber Raber, Karen Thomas Hallock Hallock, Thomas 1

Pt. I Ecocriticism and Early Modern Europe: New Approaches, Maturing Disciplines

1 Slow Shakespeare: An Eco-Critique of "Method" in Early Modern Literary Studies Sharon O'Dair O'Dair, Sharon 11

2 Mute Timber?: Fiscal Forestry and Environmental Stichomythia in the Old Arcadia Todd Andrew Borlik Borlik, Todd Andrew 31

3 Defining Nature through Monstrosity in Othello and Macbeth Georgia Brown Brown, Georgia 55

4 Doing Ecocriticism with Shakespeare Simon C. Estok Estok, Simon C. 77

5 How to Do Things with Animals: Thoughts on/with the Early Modern Cat Karen Raber Raber, Karen 93

6 Utopian Ecocriticism: Naturalizing Nature in Thomas More's Utopia Ivo Kamps Kamps, Ivo Melissa L. Smith Smith, Melissa L. 115

7 Summer's Lease: Shakespeare in the Little Ice Age Robert Markley Markley, Robert 131

Pt. II The Spirit and the Flesh: The Implications of Religion for Early Modern Nature

8 Anima-tion at Little Gidding: Thoughtful Inconsistency as Ecological Ethos in an Early Modern Bible Harmony Nicholas Johnson Johnson, Nicholas 145

9 An Ecocritical Evaluation of Book XI of the Florentine Codex Millie Gimmel Gimmel, Millie 167

10 Meditation on the Creatures: Ecoliterary Uses of an Ancient Tradition John Gatta Gatta, John 181

11 The Pomology of Eden: Apple Culture and Early New England Poetry Michael Ziser Ziser, Michael 193

Pt. III Nature and Empire

12 Delight Is a Slave to Dominion: Awakening to Empire with Richard Ligon's History Anthony Lioi Lioi, Anthony 219

13 "The Archeologists Made Observations ThatConjured Up Interesting Mental Pictures": De Soto, Narrative Scholarship, and Place Thomas Hallock Hallock, Thomas 235

14 Imagining the Forest: Longleaf Pine Ecosystems in Spanish and English Writings ofthe Southeast, 1542-1709 E. Thomson Shields, Jr. Shields, E. Thomson, Jr. 251

15 Would Thomas More Have Wanted to Go to Mars? Colonial Promotion and Bio-Power Timothy Sweet Sweet, Timothy 269

Index 291

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