Environmental Renaissance Studies

Jones, G. 2017. Environmental Renaissance Studies. Literature Compass. 14 (10), p. e12407. doi:10.1111/lic3.12407

TitleEnvironmental Renaissance Studies
AuthorsJones, G.
Abstract

Recent developments in renaissance and early modern ecocriticism, since surveys by Karen Raber and Sharon O’Dair, have made the field discursive. Some critics maintain that ecocriticism, ecostudies or environmental studies must be self-consciously activist and presentist. Others practise a more historicist approach, which is only implicitly activist, if at all. This article considers the recent environmental criticism of renaissance literature and Shakespeare – in its place on the spectrum of presentism and historicism – and argues that the field’s discursiveness is a positive development which will lead to a growth of ecocritical work in the period. Recent relevant work in environmental history is introduced, and a case made for a greater engagement with it in literary ecocriticism.

KeywordsEnglish Literature
Renaissance
Shakespeare
Ecocriticism
Survey
Early modern
Milton
Environmental History
Presentism
Historicism
Article numbere12407
JournalLiterature Compass
Journal citation14 (10), p. e12407
ISSN1741-4113
Year2017
PublisherWiley
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/lic3.12407
Publication dates
Published03 Oct 2017

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Shakespeare's Storms
Jones, G. 2015. Shakespeare's Storms. Manchester, UK Manchester University Press.

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