William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship: The Roots of Environmentalism in Nineteenth-Century Culture

William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship: The Roots of Environmentalism in Nineteenth-Century Culture

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William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship: The Roots of Environmentalism in Nineteenth-Century Culture by Scott Hess

In William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship,
Scott Hess explores Wordsworth’s defining role in establishing what he designates as "the ecology of authorship": a primarily middle-class,
nineteenth-century conception of nature associated with aesthetics, high culture, individualism, and nation. Instead of viewing Wordsworth as an early ecologist, Hess places him within a context that is largely cultural and aesthetic.
The supposedly universal Wordsworthian vision of nature, Hess argues, was in this sense specifically male, middle-class, professional, and culturally elite—factors that continue to shape the environmental movement today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813932309
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication date: 04/12/2012
Series: Under the Sign of Nature Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Scott Hess, Associate Professor of English at Earlham College, is the author of Authoring the Self: Self-Representation, Authorship, and the Print Market in British Poetry from Pope through Wordsworth.

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