Green Shakespeare

From Ecopolitics to Ecocriticism

By Gabriel Egan

© 2004 – Routledge

216 pages

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About the Book

Ecocriticism, a theoretical movement examining cultural constructions of Nature in their social and political contexts, is making an increasingly important contribution to our understanding of Shakespeare’s plays. Gabriel Egan's Green Shakespeare presents:

  • an overview of the concept of ecocriticism
  • detailed ecocritical readings of Henry V, Macbeth, As You Like It, Antony & Cleopatra, King Lear, Coriolanus, Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest
  • analysis of themes such as nature and human society; food and biological nature; the supernatural and the weather
  • a bold argument for a contemporary ‘EcoShakespeare’, taking into account the environmental and political implications of globalization and intellectual property laws.

Crossing the boundaries of literary and cultural studies to draw in politics, philosophy and ecology, this volume not only introduces one of the most lively areas of contemporary Shakespeare studies, but also puts forward a convincing case for Shakespeare’s continuing relevance to contemporary theory.


'Egan's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious … this intriguing book offers more proof, if any where needed, of Shakespeare's continuing relevance to the 21st century.'

'Egan's purpose is to read Shakespeare in an entirely new context. I hope he succeeds in his purpose and that his book will be widely read and its lessons understood.' – Renaissance Quarterly Review

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations General Editor's Preface Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: Babbling of Green Fields 2. Ecopolitics/Ecocriticism 3. Nature and Human Society: Coriolanus, Henry V, and Macbeth 4. Food and Biological Nature: As You like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Pericles, Cymbeline and The Winter's Tale 5. Supernature and the Weather: King Lear and The Tempest 6. Conclusion: EcoShakespeare Notes Bibliography Index

About the Series

Accents on Shakespeare

The Accents on Shakespeare series provides short, powerful 'cutting edge' accounts of and comments on new developments in Shakespeare studies. The volumes either 'apply' theory, or broaden and adapt it in order to connect with concrete teaching concerns. In the process, they also reflect and engage with the major developments in Shakespearean studies of the last ten years.

Since the New Accents series was established, 'theory' as a fundamental feature of the study of literature, the need for short, 'cutting-edge' accounts of and comments on new developments in literary studies has increased enormously. In the case of Shakespeare, Accents on Shakespeare supplies an exciting range of provocative new titles. The books in the series either apply theory, or broaden and adapt it to connect with teaching concerns. In the process they also reflect and engage with the major developments in Shakespearean studies of recent years.

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