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Romantic ecology
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Bate, Jonathan.

Romantic ecology : Wordsworth and the environmental tradition / Jonathan Bate.

Abingdon : Routledge 2013

Routledge revivals

Abstract: First published in 1991, Romantic Ecology reassesses the poetry of William Wordsworth in the context of the abiding pastoral tradition in English Literature. Jonathan Bate explores the politics of poetry and argues that contrary to critics who suggest that the Wordsworth was a reactionary who failed to represent the harsh economic reality of his native Lake District, the poet's politics were fundamentally `green'. As our first truly ecological poet, Wordsworth articulated a powerful and enduring vision of human integration with nature which exercised a formative influence on later conservation movements and is of immediate relevance to great environmental issues today. Challenging the orthodoxies of new historicist criticism, Jonathan Bate sets a new agenda for the study of Romanticism in the 1990s.

The future of environmental criticism
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Buell, Lawrence.

The future of environmental criticism : environmental crisis and literary imagination / Lawrence Buell.

Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005.

Blackwell manifestos

Abstract: One of the leading theorists in ecocriticism offers a critical summary of the ecocritical movement, tracing origins of the movement in the 1970s & following developments through to the present time. Written by one of the world's leading theorists in ecocriticism, this manifesto provides a critical summary of the ecocritical movement.

Writing for an endangered world
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Buell, Lawrence.

Writing for an endangered world : literature, culture, and environment in the U.S. and beyond / Lawrence Buell.

Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2001.

Abstract: This work offers a conception of the physical environment-whether built or natural-as simultaneously found and constructed, and treats imaginative representations of it as acts of both discovery and invention. A number of the chapters develop this idea through parallel studies of figures identified with either "natural" or urban settings: John Muir and Jane Addams; Aldo Leopold and William Faulkner; Robinson Jeffers and Theodore Dreiser; Wendell Berry and Gwendolyn Brooks. Focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers, but ranging freely across national borders, this book reimagines city and country as a single complex landscape. The environmental imagination does not stop short at the edge of the woods. Nor should our understanding of it, as Lawrence Buell makes clear in this book that aims to reshape the field of literature and environmental studies. Emphasizing the influence of the physical environment on individual and collective perception, his book thus provides the theoretical underpinnings for ecocriticism.