Chaos and Cosmos: Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth Century by Heidi C. M. ScottChaos and Cosmos: Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth Century by Heidi C. M. Scott

Chaos and Cosmos: Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth Century

byHeidi C. M. Scott

Hardcover | July 30, 2014

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In Chaos and Cosmos, Heidi Scott integrates literary readings with contemporary ecological methods to investigate two essential and contrasting paradigms of nature that scientific ecology continues to debate: chaos and balance. Ecological literature of the Romantic and Victorian eras uses environmental chaos and the figure of the balanced microcosm as tropes essential to understanding natural patterns, and these eras were the first to reflect upon the ecological degradations of the Industrial Revolution. Chaos and Cosmos contends that the seed of imagination that would enable a scientist to study a lake as a microcosmic world at the formal, empirical level was sown by Romantic and Victorian poets who consciously drew a sphere around their perceptions in order to make sense of spots of time and place amid the globalizing modern world.

This study’s interest goes beyond likening literary tropes to scientific aesthetics; it aims to theorize the interdisciplinary history of the concepts that underlie our scientific understanding of modern nature. Paradigmatic ecological ideas such as ecosystems, succession dynamics, punctuated equilibrium, and climate change are shown to have a literary foundation that preceded their status as theories in science. This book represents an elevation of the prospects of ecocriticism toward fully developed interdisciplinary potentials of literary ecology.

Heidi C. M. Scott is Assistant Professor of English at Florida International University. Heidi C. M. Scott is Assistant Professor of English at Florida International University.
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Title:Chaos and Cosmos: Literary Roots of Modern Ecology in the British Nineteenth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.87 inPublished:July 30, 2014Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271063831

ISBN - 13:9780271063836

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Beyond the Dichotomy

Part 1 Chaos

Romantic Chaos: Natural Patterns Disturbed

Victorian Chaos: Industrial Disruptions

Today’s Science Nonfiction

Part 2 Microcosm

Romantic Microcosms: Brain Worlds

Victorian Microcosms: Domestic Systems

Today’s Scientific Modeling

Part 3 Keats and Ecology: A Case Study

The Literary Empiricist

Hyperion: The Chaos of Tartarus

Microcosmic Odes

Epilogue

Works Consulted

Editorial Reviews

“The range of the book is wide and ambitious. A reader interested in the long nineteenth century as well as contemporary ecological matters should read this book.”

—Ann C. Colley, Victorian Studies