Ecological Literary Criticism: Romantic Imagining and the Biology of Mind / Edition 1

Ecological Literary Criticism: Romantic Imagining and the Biology of Mind / Edition 1

by DORIS RADIN, Doris Radin
     
 

Kroeber argues that literary criticism needs to reestablish connections to a wide range of social activities, especially the thinking of contemporary scientists.

This new kind of criticism, "ecological literary criticism," sets out to correct the abstractions of current theorizing about literature, and to make humanistic studies more socially responsible. Though

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Overview

Kroeber argues that literary criticism needs to reestablish connections to a wide range of social activities, especially the thinking of contemporary scientists.

This new kind of criticism, "ecological literary criticism," sets out to correct the abstractions of current theorizing about literature, and to make humanistic studies more socially responsible. Though applicable to any writer of any period, Kroeber points out that the proto-ecological tendencies of the English Romantic poets make them especially useful as a starting point for this approach. Since the Romantics believed that people were, and should be, at home in the natural world.

Ecological Literary Criticism asks that we examine poetry from a perspective that assumes that the imaginative acts of cultural beings offer valuable insights into how and why cultural and natural phenomena have interrelated in the past and how they could more advantageously interrelate in the future. Kroeber argues that this approach to criticism will help us to develop mutually enriching links between humanistic and scientific modes of understanding humankind and the earth we inhabit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231100298
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/29/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
185
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Karl Kroeber is Mellon Professor of Humanities at Columbia University. He is author of numerous books on the Romantic poets and their period.

Columbia University Press

Table of Contents

1Introducing Ecological Criticism1
2Feminism and the Historicity of Science22
3Surprised by Nature: Ecology and Cold War Criticism37
4Poetic Ecosystems: Art for Nature's Sake53
5Discovering Nature's Voice67
6Malthusian Visions82
7Refiguring Reason95
8Shelley: The Socialization of Mind120
9Biology of Mind and the Future of Criticism139
Notes155
Index179

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