Premodern Ecologies in the Modern Literary Imagination

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Vin Nardizzi, Tiffany Jo Werth
University of Toronto Press, Apr 18, 2019 - Literary Criticism - 360 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Oecologies Engaging the World from Here
3
Reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Close to Home
25
2 Backyard
59
Imagining Water and the Hydrosocial Cycle across Time and Space
84
4 Distemperature in A Midsummer Nights Dream
106
5 Biodynamic Viticulture Natural Wine and the Premodern
121
6 Sustainability
150
7 Consuming Debt
164
The Perils and Possibilities of the BirdsEye View
196
Indigeneity as Capricious Matter in William Colensos Colonial Encounters
227
11 Ruined Medievalism
240
Nature Nation and Canadian Neomedievalism
267
Environmentalism EcoCosmopolitanism and Premodern Thought
282
Bibliography
289
Contributors
317
Index
323

8 Failure
183

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About the author (2019)

Vin 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.

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