Premodern Ecologies in the Modern Literary Imagination
Premodern Ecologies in the Modern Literary Imagination explores how the cognitive and physical landscapes in which scholars conduct research, write, and teach have shaped their understandings of medieval and Renaissance English literary "oecologies."
The collection strives to practice what Ursula K. Heise calls "eco-cosmopolitanism," a method that imagines forms of local environmentalism as a defense against the interventions of open-market global networks. It also expands the idea’s possibilities and identifies its limitations through critical studies of premodern texts, artefacts, and environmental history. The essays connect real environments and their imaginative (re)creations and affirm the urgency of reorienting humanity’s responsiveness to, and responsibility for, the historical links between human and non-human existence.
The discussion of ways in which meditation on scholarly place and time can deepen ecocritical work offers an innovative and engaging approach that will appeal to both ecocritics generally and to medieval and early modern scholars.
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 336 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationVin Nardizzi is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia.
Tiffany Jo Werth is Associate Professor of English at University of California, Davis.
Table of contents
Environmental Reading: Premodern Literature in Its Places
Oecologies: Engaging the World, from Here
1. The Love of Life: Reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Close to Home
3. Bold Riparian Schemes: Imagining Water and the Hydrosocial Cycle across Time and Space
4. Distemperature in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
5. Biodynamic Viticulture, Natural Wine, and the Premodern
7. Consuming Debt
9. A Singular World: The Perils and Possibilities of the Bird’s Eye View
10. Liquids and Solids: Indigeneity as Capricious Matter in William Colenso’s Colonial Encounters
11. Ruined Medievalism
12. Tangled History: Nature, Nation, and Canadian Neomedievalism
Afterword: Environmentalism, Eco-Cosmopolitanism, and Premodern Thought
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