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Ecological Literary Criticism : Romantic Imagining and the Biology of Mind - Karl Kroeber

Ecological Literary Criticism

Romantic Imagining and the Biology of Mind

Paperback Published: 5th January 1995
ISBN: 9780231100298
Number Of Pages: 185
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Kroeber argues that literary criticism needs to reestablish connections to a wide range of social activities, especially the thinking of contemporary scientists.

This new kind of criticism, "ecological literary criticism," sets out to correct the abstractions of current theorizing about literature, and to make humanistic studies more socially responsible. Though applicable to any writer of any period, Kroeber points out that the proto-ecological tendencies of the English Romantic poets make them especially useful as a starting point for this approach. Since the Romantics believed that people were, and should be, at home in the natural world.

"Ecological Literary Criticism" asks that we examine poetry from a perspective that assumes that the imaginative acts of cultural beings offer valuable insights into how and why cultural and natural phenomena have interrelated in the past and how they could more advantageously interrelate in the future. Kroeber argues that this approach to criticism will help us to develop mutually enriching links between humanistic and scientific modes of understanding humankind and the earth we inhabit.

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The quintessentially ecological world view, [Kroeber] argues, belongs to the great English Romantics . . . each of which he reads in a way that awakens us to poems dulled by stale readings and misreadings. He also takes on the interdisciplinary task of translating for literary scholars certain abstruse inductions of the material sciences . . . thus pressing literary studies to the frontier of the 'biology of the mind.' The results are compelling.

Introducing Ecological Criticismp. 1
Feminism and the Historicity of Sciencep. 22
Surprised by Nature: Ecology and Cold War Criticismp. 37
Poetic Ecosystems: Art for Nature's Sakep. 53
Discovering Nature's Voicep. 67
Malthusian Visionsp. 82
Refiguring Reasonp. 95
Shelley: The Socialization of Mindp. 120
Biology of Mind and the Future of Criticismp. 139
Notesp. 155
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780231100298
ISBN-10: 0231100299
Series: Economic, and Political Interaction
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 185
Published: 5th January 1995
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.22  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.3