The Green Studies Reader: From Romanticism to Ecocriticism

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Green Studies is a booming area for study and The Green Studies Reader is a fantastically comprehensive selection of critical texts which address the connection between ecology, culture, and literature. It offers a complete guide to the growing area of 'ecocriticism' and a wealth of material on green issues from the romantic period to the present.
Included are extracts from today's leading ecocritics and figures from the past who pioneered a green approach to literature and culture. This Reader sets the agenda for Green Studies and encourages a reassessment of development of criticism and offers readers a radical view of its future.

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Editorial Reviews

This unique collection gathers texts from today's leading ecocritics as well as esteemed figures from literature and philosophy thought to have contributed a green approach to cultural production and examination. Coupe (English, Manchester Metropolitan U.) includes extracts from William Wordsworth, Henry David Thoreau, John Ruskin, William Morris, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, Theodor Adorno, Martin Heidegger, Raymond Williams, Theodore Roszak, Claude Levi-Strauss, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Jonathan Bate, Kate Soper, Gary Snyder, Terry Gifford, Louise Westling, Richard Kerridge, and Jhan Hochman. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415204071
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence Coupe is Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he teaches a course in ecological literary theory. He is the author of the 'Ecocriticism' and 'Myth'sections of the Annotated Bibliography for English Studies, and the author of Myth (Routledge, 1997).

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Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Pt. I Romantic Ecology and its Legacy
1 Nature as Imagination 16
2 Primary Laws 17
3 The Dialectic of Mind and Nature 21
4 Writing the Wilderness 23
5 Landscape, Mimesis and Morality 26
6 Art, Socialism and Environment 32
7 Dorothy Wordsworth: The Spirit of Appearances 37
8 John Clare, Love Poet of Nature 41
9 William Wordsworth: Poetry, Chemistry, Nature 44
10 The Green Language 50
Pt. II The Earth, Memory and the Critique of Modernity
11 Studying Nature 66
12 Remembering Pan 70
13 The Organic Community 73
14 The Logic of Domination 77
15 Nature as 'Not Yet' 81
16 Shakespeare's Three Natures 84
17 '... Poetically Man Dwells ...' 88
18 Hyper-Technologism, Pollution and Satire 96
19 The Machine in the Garden 104
20 Against Single Vision 109
Pt. III Nature/Culture/Gender
21 The Idea of Nature 123
22 Language Goes Two Ways 127
23 The Environment of Myth 132
24 Ecology as Discourse of the Secluded 135
25 Naturalized Women and Feminized Nature 139
26 The Dualism of Primatology 144
27 Helene Cixous: The Language of Flowers 148
Pt. IV Ecocritical Principles
28 Ecocriticism: Containing Multitudes, Practising Doctrine 160
29 Ecocriticism in Context 163
30 From 'Red' to 'Green' 167
31 The Social Construction of Nature 173
32 Representing the Environment 177
33 Radical Pastoral? 182
34 Green Cultural Studies 187
35 Ecofeminist Dialogics 193
36 A Poststructuralist Approach to Ecofeminist Criticism 198
Pt. V Environmental Literary History
37 The Forest of Literature 212
38 Pastoral, Anti-Pastoral, Post-Pastoral 219
39 Deep Form in Art and Nature 223
40 Culture as Decay: Arnold, Eliot, Snyder 227
41 Ecocriticism and the Novel 235
42 Ecothrillers: Environmental Cliffhangers 242
Pt. VI The Nature of the Text
43 The Ode 'To Autumn' as Ecosystem 256
44 Thoreau's Ambivalence Toward Mother Nature 262
45 Maps for Tourists: Hardy, Narrative, Ecology 267
46 The Flesh of the World: Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts 275
47 Defending Middle-Earth 282
48 Leslie Silko: Environmental Apocalypticism 288
49 Flooding the Boundaries of Form: Terry Tempest Williams's Unnatural History 293
50 The 'Lambs' in The Silence of the Lambs 299
Glossary 302
Bibliography 304
Index 309
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