Green Modernism: Nature and the English Novel, 1900 to 1930

Green Modernism: Nature and the English Novel, 1900 to 1930

by Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy

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Green Modernism: Nature and the English Novel, 1900 to 1930 by Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy

One of the first studies to explore the relationship between environmental criticism and British modernism, Green Modernism explores the cultural function of nature in the modernist novel between 1900 and 1930. This theoretically engaged, historically informed book brings new materialist insights to novels by Conrad, Ford, Lawrence, and Butts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349562329
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 01/23/2016
Series: Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy is the Director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah, USA.

Table of Contents

1. "The Land's Way is Important in This Story": Environmental Criticism in Modernist Studies
2. "A Choice of Nightmares": Nature and the Modern Mind in Heart of Darkness
3. Conrad's Weather: The Politics of Ecology in Under Western Eyes
4. 1928 and Nature: Ruralism and Regeneration in Lady Chatterley's Lover and The Last Post
5. Mary Butts and England's Nature: Modernist Georgic, Authentic Englishness and the Consolations of Dwelling
6. "Pan in America," Modernism, and Material Nature

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"Both Ecocriticism and Modernism studies take a refreshing and timely great leap forward in Green Modernism's deft discussion of one emergent and three canonical writers. This is a landmark book in our understanding of the relationship between nature and text through the prism of the English novel 1900-1930, but also with implications beyond." Terry Gifford, Visiting Professor, Centre for Writing and Environment, Bath Spa University, UK

"Green Modernism makes a significant contribution to Modernist studies. Rather than being a literary movement focused merely on the inner self, McCarthy makes a strong case for the role of materialism in Modernist literature. In addition, McCarthy convincingly argues for an anti-Romantic, materialist conception of nature that alters the landscape of both Modernist and Ecocritical studies. Consequently, natural images such as the ivory in The Heart of Darkness or the snow in Under Western Eyes function not just as symbolic entities but as material objects that allow us to view these works in a new light." John G. Peters, University Distinguished Research Professor of English, University of North Texas, USA

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