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Ecocriticism in the Modernist Imagination
Forster, Woolf, and Auden

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  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107161412
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  • Although modernism has traditionally been considered an art of cities, Ecocriticism in the Modernist Imagination claims a significant role for modernist texts in shaping environmental consciousness. Analyzing both canonical and lesser-known works of three key figures - E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, and W. H. Auden - Sultzbach suggests how the signal techniques of modernism encourage readers to become more responsive to the animate world and non-human minds. Understanding the way these writers represent nature's agency becomes central to interpreting the power dynamics of empire and gender, as well as experiments with language and creativity. The book acknowledges the longer pastoral tradition in literature, but also introduces readers to the newly expanding field of ecocriticism, including philosophies of embodiment and matter, queer ecocriticism, and animal studies. What emerges is a picture of green modernism that reifies our burgeoning awareness of what it means to be human within a larger living community.

    • Synthesizes multiple ecocritical perspectives with three key literary figures to give a more robust picture of green modernism as a whole
    • The text is organized by chapters on each author and sections headings that identify key critical approaches and texts so that scholars can easily find key areas of interest, be they related to author or theory
    • Offers ecocritical close-readings of both some of the lesser-known and canonical works of each writer
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    '… it looks to Forster, Woolf, and Auden as ecocritics in their own right, working through problems of aesthetics, culture, and identity through complex and ever-shifting engagements with the nonhuman realm. … Reminding us of the fundamentally ecological engagements of modernism, Sultzbach presents a study that is compelling in its own right while also giving ecocritical approaches to modernism a touchstone for future work.' Jon Hegglund, Modernism/modernity

    'Ecocriticism in the Modernist Imagination is an excellent read and likely to strike important chords with ecocritics and modernists alike.' Bonnie Roos, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment

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    22nd Apr 2016 by OPA23

    Great. Anxiously awaiting its publication. Plan to order it as soon as possible.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107161412
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Passage from pastoral: E. M. Forster
    2. The phenomenological whole: Virginia Woolf
    3. Brute being and animal language: W. H. Auden

  • Author

    Kelly Elizabeth Sultzbach, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
    Kelly Sultzbach is a professor at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Her research explores modernist representations of the relationship between humans and the environment. Published and forthcoming work can be found in Global History of Literature and the Environment, Understanding Merleau-Ponty Understanding Modernism, and Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism.

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