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1st Edition

The Poetics of Angling in Early Modern England

ISBN 9780367664930
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
180 Pages

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Book Description

Myra E. Wright takes ecocritical studies on an interdisciplinary turn toward the water with her new research monograph, The Poetics of Angling in Early Modern England. Identifying the lively presence of both literal and metaphorical images of sportfishing in all kinds of early modern writing, this book identifies a deep sympathy between the art of angling and the art of writing, and examines the centrality of fish in early modern conceptions of humanity.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Introduction: Facing Fish

1 Home Ecologies in the Treatyse of fysshynge with an Angle

2 Donne’s Fish Biographies

3 The Fishing Lines of John Dennys

4 Shakespeare’s Angling Devices in Antony and Cleopatra

5 The Interrupted Aquatic Hunt in Wroth’s Urania

6 The Quickening of Walton’s Incomplete Angler

Conclusion: Killing and Conservation



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Myra E. Wright is a Lecturer in English at Bates College, Maine.