Shakespeare and Ecology

Paperback | September 23, 2015

byRandall Martin

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Shakespeare and Ecology is the first book to explore the topical contexts that shaped the environmental knowledge and politics of Shakespeare and his audiences. Early modern England experienced unprecedented environmental challenges including climate change, population growth, resourceshortfalls, and habitat destruction which anticipate today's globally magnified crises. Shakespeare wove these events into the poetic textures and embodied action of his drama, contributing to the formation of a public ecological consciousness, while opening creative pathways for re-imagining futurehuman relationships with the natural world and non-human life. This book begins with an overview of ecological modernity across Shakespeare's work before focusing on three major environmental controversies in particular plays: deforestation in The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Tempest; profit-driven agriculture in As You Like It; and gunpowder warfare andremedial cultivation in Henry IV Parts One and Two, Henry V, and Macbeth. A fourth chapter examines the interdependency of local and global eco-relations in Cymbeline, and the final chapter explores Darwinian micro-ecologies in Hamlet and Antony and Cleopatra. An epilogue suggests that Shakespeare'sgreatest potential for mobilizing modern ecological ideas and practices lies in contemporary performance. Shakespeare and Ecology illuminates the historical antecedents of modern ecological knowledge and activism, and explores Shakespeare's capacity for generating imaginative and performative responses to today's environmental challenges.

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Shakespeare and Ecology is the first book to explore the topical contexts that shaped the environmental knowledge and politics of Shakespeare and his audiences. Early modern England experienced unprecedented environmental challenges including climate change, population growth, resourceshortfalls, and habitat destruction which anticipat...

Randall Martin holds degrees from Toronto, Birmingham, and Oxford. He is the author of Women, Murder, and Equity in Early Modern England (2007), and he has edited Every Man Out of His Humour for The Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson (2012) and Henry VI Part Three for the Oxford Shakespeare (2001). He has also recently co-edited Shakespeare...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pagesPublished:September 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567018

ISBN - 13:9780199567010

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Ecological Modernity in Shakespeare: an overview1. Localism, Deforestation, and Environmental Activism in The Merry Wives of Windsor2. Land-uses and Convertible Husbandry in As You Like It3. Gunpowder, Militarization, and Threshold Ecologies in Henry IV Part Two and Macbeth4. Biospheric Ecologies in Cymbeline5. Evolutionary Ecology in Hamlet and Antony and CleopatraEpilogueFurther Reading