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.
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.
Series: Economic, and Political Interaction
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 185
Published: 5th January 1995
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.22
Weight (kg): 0.3