The Environmental Tradition in English Literature

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Drawing upon the English literary tradition for new perspectives and paradigms, this collection presents a broad range of theoretical and historical approaches to ecocriticism. The first section of the volume offers different theoretical frameworks for ecocritical work, encompassing a range of socio-political, post-modern and multi-disciplinary approaches. In the second section, contributors explore the ways in which ecocriticism allows us to re-think literary history.

Author Biography: John Parham, London College of Music and Media, Thames Valley University, UK.

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To indicate some parameters for a distinctively British perspective on ecocriticism, and to correct some prevailing misconceptions in Britain and elsewhere about what ecocritical work entails, English, US, and Irish scholars present 15 studies, most from conferences in Swansea, Wales, in 1997 and Bath in 1998. Among the theoretical approaches they describe are ecofeminism, and a post-pastoral view of British poetry. The historical approaches include early modern poetry, and the sense of place in D.H. Lawrence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754603023
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 After 'Organic Community': Ecocriticism, Nature, and Human Nature 11
2 Beyond 2000: Raymond Williams and the Ecocritic's Task 24
3 Ecofeminism in Literary Studies 37
4 Towards a Post-Pastoral View of British Poetry 51
5 Postmodern Ecocriticism in the Science Fiction Novel: J. G. Ballard and Ken Kesey 64
6 Cosmos as Metaphor: Eco-spiritual Poetics 75
7 Narratives of Resignation: Environmentalism in Recent Fiction 87
8 Ecotopian Fiction and the Sustainable Society 100
9 Making the Rocks Disappear: Refocusing Chaucer's Knight's and Franklin's Tales 117
10 The Commodious Ark: Nature's Voice in Early Modern Poetry 130
11 'Founded on the Affections': A Romantic Ecology 144
12 Was there a Victorian Ecology? 156
13 Letting in the Sky: An Ecofeminist Reading of Virginia Woolf's Short Fiction 172
14 Reversing the Fall: The Sense of Place in D. H. Lawrence 186
15 Twentieth-Century Rural Poets of Britain and Ireland: Ecological Voices from the Geographical and Cultural Margins 198
Ecocriticism: An Annotated Bibliography 211
Index 226
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