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Wild Romanticism




ISBN 9780367496722
Published April 28, 2021 by Routledge
226 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Wild Romanticism consolidates contemporary thinking about conceptions of the wild in British and European Romanticism, clarifying the emergence of wilderness as a cultural, symbolic, and ecological idea.

This volume brings together the work of twelve scholars, who examine representations of wildness in canonical texts such as Frankenstein, Northanger Abbey, "Kubla Khan," "Expostulation and Reply," and Childe Harold´s Pilgrimage, as well as lesser-known works by Radcliffe, Clare, Hölderlin, P.B. Shelley, and Hogg. Celebrating the wild provided Romantic-period authors with a way of thinking about nature that resists instrumentalization and anthropocentricism, but writing about wilderness also engaged them in debates about the sublime and picturesque as aesthetic categories, about gender and the cultivation of independence as natural, and about the ability of natural forces to resist categorical or literal enclosure.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Romanticism, environmental literature, environmental history, and the environmental humanities more broadly.

Table of Contents

         Introduction

          Cassandra Falke and Markus Poetzsch

  1. Weakness and wildness in Wordsworth’s "The Brothers"
  2. Emma Mason

  3. Wild freedom and careful wandering in the poetry of William Wordsworth and John Clare
  4. Sue Edney

  5. Plumbing the depths of wildness: from the picturesque to John Clare
  6. Markus Poetzsch

  7. Savage, holy, enchanted: Coleridge in concert with the wild
  8. Gregory Leadbetter

  9. Human grapes in the wine-presses: vegetable life and the violence of cultivation in Blake’s Milton
  10. Tristanne Connolly

  11. Wild plants and wild passions in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poems for Jane Williams
  12. Cian Duffy

  13. Wilding Europe and Childe Harold´s Pilgrimage
  14. Cassandra Falke

  15. Hölderlin, Heidegger, and hyperobjects
  16. William Davis

  17. "Almost Wild": Jane Austen’s dirtiest of heroines
  18. Colin Carman

  19. "Wild above rule or art": volcanic luxuriance, subterranean terror, and the nature of gender in Ann Radcliffe’s A Sicilian Romance
  20. James Lesslie

  21. "A strange unearthly climate": James Hogg’s tale of the Arctic wild
  22. Robert W. Rix

  23. "Vast and irregular plains of ice": wilderness as smooth space in Frankenstein

          Mirka Horová

          Index

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Biography

Markus Poetzsch is Associate Professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he specializes in British Romantic literature and ecocriticism. He is the author of Visionary Dreariness: Readings in Romanticism’s Quotidian Sublime and has published essays on John Clare, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Thomas De Quincey, Leigh Hunt, and Henry David Thoreau. His research considers intersecting themes, such as aesthetics and landscape gardening, pedestrianism and loco-description, anthropocentrism and ornithology, poetics, and ethics.

Cassandra Falke is Professor of English Literature at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. Her books include Phenomenology and the Broken Body (co-ed. 2019), The Phenomenology of Love and Reading (2016), Literature by the Working Class: English Autobiography, 18201848 (2013), and Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory (ed. 2010). She has published essays on romanticism, phenomenology, education, and the role of the reader. Her current project discusses acts of reading in light of recent theorizations of complicity.

 

Reviews

"Wild Romanticism is an innovative and highly original collection of essays that makes a substantial and persuasive contribution to the discipline of environmental humanities. The topic of wilderness during the Romantic period is an important and largely unexplored area of scholarship, one that will be of compelling interest to scholars of British and European literature and environmental history. This book will appeal to a broad range of readers due to its bold originality and its relevance to contemporary environmental concerns."

James C. McKusick, University of Missouri-Kansas City, author of Green Writing: Romanticism and Ecology and co-editor of Literature and Nature: Four Centuries of Nature Writing.