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Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern

Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Karen Edwards, Derek Ryan, Jane Spencer
June 28, 2019

Reading Literary Animals explores the status and representation of animals in literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. Essays by leading scholars in the field examine various figurative, agential, imaginative, ethical, and affective aspects of literary encounters with animality, showing...

Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film

Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film

1st Edition

Hande Gurses, Irmak Ertuna Howison
February 25, 2019

The landscape of Turkey, with its trees and animals inspires narratives of survival, struggle and escape. Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film, will be the first major study to offer fresh theoretical insight into this landscape, by offering a collection of...

Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash

Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash

1st Edition

Brenda Ayres
December 04, 2018

Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash investigates the notion that British Victorians did see themselves as a naturally dominant species over other humans and over animals. They were conscientiously, hegemonically determined to rule those beneath them and the animal within themselves,...

Stages of Transmutation: Science Fiction, Biology, and Environmental Posthumanism

Stages of Transmutation: Science Fiction, Biology, and Environmental Posthumanism

1st Edition

Tom Idema
November 08, 2018

Stages of Transmutation: Science Fiction, Biology, and Environmental Posthumanism develops the theoretical perspective of environmental posthumanism through analyses of acclaimed science fiction novels by Greg Bear, Octavia Butler, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Jeff VanderMeer, in which the human...

The Poetics of Angling in Early Modern England

The Poetics of Angling in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Myra E. Wright
October 22, 2018

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...

Bestial Oblivion: War, Humanism, and Ecology in Early Modern England

Bestial Oblivion: War, Humanism, and Ecology in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Benjamin Bertram
June 01, 2018

Although war is a heterogeneous assemblage of the human and nonhuman, it nevertheless builds the illusion of human autonomy and singularity. Focusing on war and ecology, a neglected topic in early modern ecocriticism, Bestial Oblivion: War, Humanism, and Ecology in Early Modern England shows how...

Novel Creatures: Animal Life and the New Millennium

Novel Creatures: Animal Life and the New Millennium

1st Edition

Hilary Thompson
April 30, 2018

Novel Creatures takes a close look at the expanding interest in animals in modern times and argues that the novels of this period reveal a dramatic shift in conceptions of "creatureliness." Scholars have turned to the term "creaturely" recently to describe shared aspects of human and animal...

Meteorology and Physiology in Early Modern Culture: Earthquakes, Human Identity, and Textual Representation

Meteorology and Physiology in Early Modern Culture: Earthquakes, Human Identity, and Textual Representation

1st Edition

Rebecca Totaro
December 01, 2017

Meteorology and Physiology in Early Modern Culture: Earthquakes, Human Identity, and Textual Representation provides the first sustained examination of the foundational set of early modern beliefs linking meteorology and physiology. This was a relationship so intimate and, to us, poetic that we...

Race Matters, Animal Matters: Fugitive Humanism in African America, 1840-1930

Race Matters, Animal Matters: Fugitive Humanism in African America, 1840-1930

1st Edition

Lindgren Johnson
November 10, 2017

Race Matters, Animal Matters challenges one of the grand narratives of African American studies: that African Americans rejected racist associations of blackness and animality through a disassociation from animality. Analyzing canonical texts written by Frederick Douglass, Charles Chesnutt, Ida B....

Plants in Contemporary Poetry: Ecocriticism and the Botanical Imagination

Plants in Contemporary Poetry: Ecocriticism and the Botanical Imagination

1st Edition

John Ryan
August 24, 2017

Positioned within current ecocritical scholarship, this volume is the first book-length study of the representations of plants in contemporary American, English, and Australian poetry. Through readings of botanically-minded writers including Les Murray, Louise Glück, and Alice Oswald, it addresses...

Birds and Other Creatures in Renaissance Literature: Shakespeare, Descartes, and Animal Studies

Birds and Other Creatures in Renaissance Literature: Shakespeare, Descartes, and Animal Studies

1st Edition

Rebecca Ann Bach
August 10, 2017

This book explores how humans in the Renaissance lived with, attended to, and considered the minds, feelings, and sociality of other creatures. It examines how Renaissance literature and natural history display an unequal creaturely world: all creatures were categorized hierarchically. However,...

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