Literature and Nature in the English Renaissance: An Ecocritical Anthology

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Todd Andrew Borlik
Cambridge University Press, Jun 20, 2019 - Literary Criticism
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.


Part I Cosmologies
Part II The Tangled Chain
Part III Time and Place
Part IV Interactions
Part V Environmental Problems in Early Modern England
Part VI Disaster and Resilience in the Little Ice Age
A Timeline
A Bibliography of EnvironmentalScholarship on the English Renaissance

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Todd Andrew Borlik is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Huddersfield and the author of Ecocriticism and Early Modern English Literature (2011).

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