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Wordsworth and the Green Romantics
Affect and Ecology in the Nineteenth Century
Lisa Ottum, ed.; Seth T. Reno, ed.

Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies

New Hampshire
2016 • 248 pp. 8 illus. 6 x 9"
Literary Criticism - 19th Century / Literary Criticism - Nature / Literary Criticism - English

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-895-5
$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-954-9

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“This volume will make a major intervention in Romantic ecocriticism, and will become a touchstone for future literary criticism linking affect and environment.”—Scott Hess

Ecocritical approaches to affect in the works of Wordsworth and other Romantic writers

Situated at the intersection of ecocriticism, affect studies, and Romantic studies, this collection breaks new ground on the role of emotions in Western environmentalism. Recent scholarship highlights how traffic between Romantic-era literature and science helped to catalyze Green Romanticism. Closer to our own moment, the affective turn reflects similar cross-disciplinary collaboration, as many scholars now see the physiological phenomenon of affect as a force central to how we develop conscious attitudes and commitments. Together, these trends offer suggestive insights for the study of Green Romanticism.

While critics have traditionally positioned Romantic Nature as idealized and illusory, Romantic representations of nature are, in fact, ambivalent, scientifically informed, and ethically engaged. They often reflect writers’ efforts to capture the fleeting experience of affect, raising urgent questions about how nature evokes feelings, and what demands these sensations place upon the feeling subject. By focusing on the affective dimensions of Green Romanticism, Wordsworth and the Green Romantics advances a vision of Romantic ecology that complicates scholarly perceptions of Romantic Nature, as well as popular caricatures of the Romantics as naïve nature lovers.

This collection will interest scholars and students of Romanticism, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, ecocriticism, affect studies, and those who work at the intersection of literature and science.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“The most satisfying pieces here address problems we have inherited from the Romantics that are unresolved but continue to be relevant to green issues, and/or forms of affect that have been underrepresented in scholarship but have important ecological implications.”—Review 19

“Ottum and Reno explain in their introduction that their collection focuses on Wordsworth because "no other Romantic writer is so vital, at once, to both environmentalism and affect theory." Three essays are particularly successful in making this claim both accessibly and compellingly. . . . Recommended.”

“The essays in Wordsworth and Green Romantics offer insightful, clearly argued positions on texts we thought we already knew, as well as on those we may not have known.”
European Romantic Review

“This collection makes a strong and credible case for resisting symbolic interpretations of Romantic nature in a favour of a more ecologically sensitive and materially grounded response to the nature of Romanticism.”—
BARS Review, British Association for Romantic Studies

“This book explores the “emotion of Romantic environmentalism,” arguing that Romantic ecological thinking was complex, fluid, often dark, and included an unexpectedly wide range of affective experiences in poetry, paintings, and nature writing.”—
Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900

LISA OTTUM is assistant professor of English at Xavier University. SETH T. RENO is assistant professor of English at Auburn University Montgomery.

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 09:36:09 -0500