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Writing the Forest in Early Modern England: A Sylvan Pastoral Nation

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"An ecocritical study of forests in early modern English literature, this book is the first to identify 'sylvan pastoral' as a distinct literary form and thus makes an important contribution to the growing field of ecocriticism and the history of environmentalism"--Provided by publisher.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820704234
  • Publisher: Duquesne University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Introduction Sylvan Pastoral in Early Modern England

Ch. 1 The Rise of Sylvan Pastoral: Literary Form Meets Forest History 1

Pt. I Sylvan Pastoral, Shakespeare, and 1590s England

Ch. 2 Shakespeare's Green Plot: The Stage as Forest and the Forest as Stage in As You Like It 35

Ch. 3 Green Plots and Green Plotters: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sylvan Struggle 91

Ch. 4 A Border Skirmish: Community, Deer Poaching, and Spatial Transgression in The Merry Wives of Windsor 121

Pt. II Forest Knowledge/Forest Power: Sylvan Pastoral in Mid-Seventeenth Century England

Ch. 5 Sylvan Pastoral and the Civil War: Representing National Trauma in Sylvan Terms 157

Ch. 6 Royalist Woods 213

Ch. 7 John Milton's Sylvan Pastorals and the Theatrical and Godly Individual 243

Notes 291

Bibliography 339

Index 359

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