Early Modern Ecostudies: From the Florentine Codex to Shakespeare

Hardcover | December 15, 2008

byIvo Kamps

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This volume centers on the study of the relations between literature and the environment and poses important questions to an evolving field: why has ecocriticism focused on narrow, more recent historical periods?  What has prevented or discouraged critics from extending environmentally-conscious readings further into the past, and what is lost as a consequence?  Early Modern Ecostudies engages directly with such issues and advances a new practice that borrows from the methodologies of current ecocriticism, interrogates its problematic assumptions, and extends its reach and significance. Dealing with a range of subjects, these essays apply ecocritical methods to traditional authors such as Shakespeare, Sidney, More, and Milton; canonical texts such Edward Taylor's poetry and the Florentine Codex; and documents from the literature of discovery, medicine, and natural history.

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This volume centers on the study of the relations between literature and the environment and poses important questions to an evolving field: why has ecocriticism focused on narrow, more recent historical periods?  What has prevented or discouraged critics from extending environmentally-conscious readings further into the past, and what...

Thomas Hallock is Assistant Professor of English at University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.Ivo Kamps is a Professor of English at the University of Mississippi.Karen Raber is a Professor of English at the University of Mississippi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230604617

ISBN - 13:9780230604612

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“Catching the rising surge of interest in ecological issues, this collection identifies a highly promising area of growth in early modern studies and subjects it to a wide-ranging and innovative analysis.  Early Modern Ecostudies will become a formative anthology in the field.”—Bruce Boehrer, Bertram H. Davis Professor of English, Florida State University "[The editors] have gathered a set of eclectic, fascinating essays that challenge the limits of the relatively new field of ecocriticism. By examining perceptions of the environment from the perspectives of Shakespeare, More, Milton, and others, including cultural contexts, the contributors to this volume demonstrate the inherently complex nature of ecostudies . . . this rich book reinforces Laurence Buell's pronouncement in his outstanding The Future of Environmental Criticism that ecocriticism has revised and expanded its provenance."--Choice