Literature and Nature in the English Renaissance: An Ecocritical Anthology (Hardback)
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Literature and Nature in the English Renaissance: An Ecocritical Anthology (Hardback)

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Published: 20/06/2019
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Featuring over two hundred nature-themed texts spanning the disciplines of literature, science and history, this sourcebook offers an accessible field guide to the environment of Renaissance England, revealing a nation at a crossroads between its pastoral heritage and industrialized future. Carefully selected primary sources, each modernized and prefaced with an introduction, survey an encyclopaedic array of topographies, species, and topics: from astrology to zoology, bear-baiting to bee-keeping, coal-mining to tree-planting, fen-draining to sheep-whispering. The familiar voices of Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Marvell mingle with a diverse chorus of farmers, herbalists, shepherds, hunters, foresters, philosophers, sailors, sky-watchers, and duchesses - as well as ventriloquized beasts, trees, and rivers. Lavishly illustrated, the anthology is supported by a lucid introduction that outlines and intervenes in key debates in Renaissance ecocriticism, a reflective essay on ecocritical editing, a bibliography of further reading, and a timeline of environmental history and legislation drawing on extensive archival research.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316510155
Number of pages: 622
Weight: 1130 g
Dimensions: 235 x 157 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A beautifully scholarly compendium … Nothing I've read in this year of climate catastrophe made me think more.' Daniel Swift, The Spectator

'Borlick's anthology is beautifully crafted, celebrates the wonders of nature, and warns of the dire consequences of the mistreatment of the natural world.' Rachel White, The British Society for Literature and Science

'… illustrates the rich diversity and complexity of English Renaissance thinking about the interrelationship between nature and humanity.' B. E. Brandt, Choice

'… a timely scholarly tool that will be indispensable to any new research on nature in early modern English writing.' Goran Stanivukovic, Renaissance et Réforme

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