Ecological Approaches to Early Modern English Texts: A Field Guide to Reading and Teaching

Ecological Approaches to Early Modern English Texts: A Field Guide to Reading and Teaching

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Ecocriticism has steadily gained footing within the larger arena of early modern scholarship, and with the publication of well over a dozen monographs, essay collections, and special journal issues, literary studies looks increasingly ‘green’; yet the field lacks a straightforward, easy-to-use guide to do with reading and teaching early modern texts ecocritically. Accessible yet comprehensive, the cutting-edge collection Ecological Approaches to Early Modern English Texts fills this gap.

Organized around the notion of contact zones (or points of intersection, that have often been constructed asymmetrically-especially with regard to the human-nonhuman dichotomy), the volume reassesses current trends in ecocriticism and the Renaissance; introduces analyses of neglected texts and authors; brings ecocriticism into conversation with cognate fields and approaches (e.g., queer theory, feminism, post-coloniality, food studies); and offers a significant section on pedagogy, ecocriticism and early modern literature. Engaging points of tension and central interest in the field, the collection is largely situated in the 'and/or' that resides between presentism-historicism, materiality-literary, somatic-semiotic, nature-culture, and, most importantly, human-nonhuman.

Ecological Approaches to Early Modern English Texts balances coverage and methodology; its primary goal is to provide useful, yet nuanced discussions of ecological approaches to reading and teaching a range of representative early modern texts. As a whole, the volume includes a diverse selection of chapters that engage the complex issues that arise when reading and teaching early modern texts from a green perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472416759
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 08/28/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jennifer Munroe is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA. Edward J. Geisweidt is Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of New Haven, USA. Lynne Bruckner is Professor of English at Chatham University, USA.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Carla Freccero; Introduction, Jennifer Munroe, Lynne Bruckner, and Edward J. Geisweidt. Section I Theoretical Approaches: Tell inconvenient truths, but tell them slant, Robert N. Watson; Reading the present in our environmental past, Ken Hiltner; Is it really ecocritical if it isn’t feminist?: the dangers of 'speaking for' in ecological studies and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Jennifer Munroe. Section II Reading Ecologically: Texts and Methodologies: Roses in winter: recipe ecologies and Shakespeare's Sonnets, Rebecca Laroche; Poetic language, practical handbooks, and the ‘vertues’ of plants, Jessica Rosenberg; The beasts of Belmont and Venice, Keith M. Botelho; Shakespeare and slime: notes on the Anthropocene, Dan Brayton; Queerly green: from meaty to meatless days and nights in Timon of Athens, Simon C. Estok; ‘Bare and desolate now’: cultural ecology and ‘The Description of Cookham’, Louise Noble; The ecology of eating in Jonson’s ‘To Penshurst’, Amy Tigner; The bastard bomb: illegitimacy and population in Thomas Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, Edward J. Geisweidt; Ecocritical Milton, Leah S. Marcus. Section III Approaches to Teaching Ecologically: Texts and Methodologies: Spenser’s moral economy as political ecology: teaching the bower of bliss, Hillary Eklund; Reprocentric ecologies: pedagogy, husbandry and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lynne Bruckner; Teaching Timon of Walden, Todd A. Borlik; ‘Th’Earth’s Great Altar’: teaching Milton’s spiritual ecology, Mary (Mimi) C. Fenton; Marvell’s ‘Upon Appleton House’ and tree-felling: a political woodpecker, Jeffrey Theis. Afterword: post-script, Karen Raber; Bibliography; Index.

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