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Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

1st Edition

Edited by Dawn Keetley, Matthew Wynn Sivils


238 pages

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Table of Contents

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 in

Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon

Michael Fuchs 322

Contributor Biographies 346

About the Editors

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).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in World Literatures and the Environment

Routledge Studies in World Literatures and the Environment

Since the dawn of human artistic and cultural expression, the natural world and our complex and often vexed relationships with the other-than-human have been essential themes in such expression. This series seeks to offer an encompassing approach to literary explorations of environmental experiences and ideas, reaching from the earliest known literatures to the twenty-first century and accounting for vernacular approaches throughout the world. In recent decades, it has become clear that highly localized, non-Western forms of literary expression and scholarly analysis have much to contribute to ecocritical understanding—such studies, as well as examinations of European and North American literatures, are encouraged. Comparative treatments of literary works from different cultures, cultural expression in various media (including literature and connections with visual and performing arts, ecocinema, music, videogames, and material culture), and interdisciplinary scholarly methodologies would be ideal contributions to the series. What are the lessons regarding human-animal kinship that can be gleaned from indigenous songs in Africa, Amazonia, Oceania, the Americas, and other regions of the world? Which discourses of toxicity in the urban centers of contemporary East Asia and the post-industrial brownscapes of Europe and America might gain traction as we seek to balance human and ecological health and robust economies? What are some of the Third World expressions of postcolonial ecocriticism, posthumanism, material ecocriticism, gender-based ecocriticism, ecopoetics, and other avant-garde trends? How do basic concepts such as "wilderness" or "animal rights" or "pollution" find expression in diverse environmental voices and become imbricated with questions of caste, class, gender, politics, and ethnicity? The global circulation of culturally diverse texts provides resources for understanding and engaging with the environmental crisis. This series aims to provide a home for projects demonstrating both traditional and experimental approaches in environmental literary studies.

Series Editors:

Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, USA

Swarnalatha Rangarajan, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Previous Editors:

Matthew Wynn Sivils, Iowa State University, USA

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century