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Early Modern Ecostudies : From the Florentine Codex to Shakespeare - Ivo Kamps

Early Modern Ecostudies

From the Florentine Codex to Shakespeare

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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.

'Sucha richly diverse book offers a sense of the range and promise of ecocriticism.' -Ecozon@

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Series Editor's Prefacep. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: Early Modern Ecostudiesp. 1
Ecocriticism and Early Modern Europe: New Approaches, Maturing Disciplines
Slow Shakespeare: An Eco-Critique of "Method" in Early Modern Literary Studiesp. 11
Mute Timber?: Fiscal Forestry and Environmental Stichomythia in the Old Arcadiap. 31
Defining Nature through Monstrosity in Othello and Machethp. 55
Doing Ecocriticism with Shakespearep. 77
How to Do Things with Animals: Thoughts on/with the Early Modern Catp. 93
Utopian Ecocriticism: Naturalizing Nature in Thomas More's Utopiap. 115
Summer's Lease: Shakespeare in the Little Ice Agep. 131
The Spirit and the Flesh: The Implications of Religion for Early Modern Nature
Anima-tion at Little Gidding: Thoughtful Inconsistency as Ecological Ethos in an Early Modern Bible Harmonyp. 145
An Ecocritical Evaluation of Book XI of the Florentine Codexp. 167
Meditation on the Creatures: Ecoliterary Uses of an Ancient Traditionp. 181
The Pomology of Eden: Apple Culture and Early New England Poetryp. 193
Nature and Empire
Delight Is a Slave to Dominion: Awakening to Empire with Richard Ligon's Historyp. 219
"The Archeologists Made Observations That Conjured Up Interesting Mental Pictures": De Soto, Narrative Scholarship, and Placep. 235
Imagining the Forest: Longleaf Pine Ecosystems in Spanish and English Writings of the Southeast, 1542-1709p. 251
Would Thomas More Have Wanted to Go to Mars? Colonial Promotion and Bio-Powerp. 269
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780230604612
ISBN-10: 0230604617
Series: Early Modern Cultural Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 1st September 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1