1st Edition

Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Edited By Dawn Keetley, Matthew Sivils Copyright 2018
    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    First Published in 2017. The first of its kind to address the ecogothic in American literature, this collection of fourteen articles illuminates a new and provocative literacy category, one that exists at the crossroads of the gothic and the environmental imagination, of fear and the ecosystems we inhabit.

    Table of Contents

    Abstracts v

    Introduction: Approaches to the Ecogothic

    Dawn Keetley and Matthew Wynn Sivils 1

    1. "Perverse Nature": Anxieties of Animality and Environment in Charles Brockden Brown’s

    Edgar Huntly

    Tom J. Hillard 33

    2. "A Heap of Ruins": The Horrors of Deforestation in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History

    Lisa M. Vetere 58

    3. "The Earth was Groaning and Shaking": Landscapes of Slavery in The History of Mary Prince

    Amanda Stuckey 80

    4. "Give me my skin": William J. Snelling’s "A Night in the Woods" (1836) and the Gothic

    Accusation against Buffalo Extinction

    Jimmy L. Bryan Jr. 103

    5. Failures to Signify: Poe’s Uncanny Animal Others

    Kate Huber 130

    6. Gothic Materialisms: Experimenting with Fire and Water in Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of


    Liz Hutter 152

    7. "The Birth-Mark," "Rappaccini’s Daughter," and the Ecogothic

    Lesley Ginsberg 180

    8. Ghoulish Hinterlands: Ecogothic Confrontations in American Slave Narratives

    Jericho Williams 212

    9. Bleeding Feet and Failing Knees: The Ecogothic in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Chasing Ice

    Cari M. Carpenter 232

    10. Vegetal Haunting: The Gothic Plant in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

    Matthew Wynn Sivils 253

    11. Ecogothic Extinction Fiction: The Extermination of the Alaskan Mammoth

    Jennifer Schell 275

    12. Hyperobjects and the End of the World: Elemental Antagonists of American Naturalism

    Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock 299

    13. "Two Distinct Worlds"? Maintaining and Transgressing Boundaries of the HumAnimal


    Dawn Keetley is Professor of English at Lehigh University, author of Making a Monster: Jesse Pomeroy, the Boy Murderer of 1870s Boston (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017), and co-editor of Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

    Matthew Wynn Sivils is professor of English at Iowa State University and the author of American Environmental Fiction, 1782-1847 (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014).